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Myanmar Army Banned From Facebook After Coup

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The Myanmar army is no longer permissible to use Facebook and Instagram. Also, commercial officialdoms related to the armed forces can no longer publicize there.


“We ponder it is too much of a risk for the armed forces to use Facebook and Instagram,” reports Facebook, which also owns Instagram. The company points to the deadly force used in the aftermath of the coup. At least three civilians were killed in demonstrations against the coup.

Facebook is widely used in Myanmar. The junta also uses the platform to communicate with people. Facebook has also removed accounts from military personnel in the past.

In 2018, the company deleted the account of military chief Min Aung Hlaing, who is now the leader of the military regime that has taken power.

In Myanmar, there are still widespread demonstrations against the February 1 coup. The army alleged fraud in last year’s parliamentary elections and arrested government leader Aung San Suu Kyi, among others.

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