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Facebook to ban Myanmar military-controlled accounts

Facebook has announced to ban all Myanmar-based military accounts controlled by the state.

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Facebook has announced to ban all Myanmar-based military accounts controlled by the state.

The ban disables the Tatmadaw True News Information Team page, as well as the MRTV and MRTV Live pages. The reason for the ban is the violation of the privacy policies of Facebook. Moreover, the state also used tactics for inciting violence as per a blog post by director Rafael Frankel.  

The ban was a move in response to the coup that took place in February. The coup resulted in the National League for Democracy’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior political leaders being detained.

Before the coup, the country was under a state of emergency with no internet and phone service. In addition to that, social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook also got blocked. “We’re continuing to treat the situation in Myanmar as an emergency and we remain focused on the safety of our community, and the people of Myanmar more broadly,” Frankel said. 

With the banning of accounts, the company has also blocked ads from military-linked commercial entities. Facebook has also reduced the distribution of content on 23 pages and profiles that are either controlled or operated by the Myanmar military. The ban is made keeping in view the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

Since the coup occurred, Facebook has expressed concern regarding the situation. Moreover, the world too is in a state of shock with the rising amount of violence and hate.

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