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It is Facebook in charge of Myanmar democracy

The extent of corporate interference in foreign affair seems to have no limit

25.Feb.21 8:59 AM
By Shawn Highstraw
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It is Facebook in charge of Myanmar democracy
Facebook and Instagram banned the Myanmar military from using its social media, the company announced on its blog on Thursday. The Tatmadaw, as the army is officially called, seized power in the Southeast Asian country with a coup on 1 February.

During the coup, civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi was arrested. Myanmar residents have been taking to the streets for weeks to plead for her release and to protest against the new rulers.

"Events since the coup of 1 February, including deadly violence, have made this ban necessary," writes Facebook. Facebook Instagram "We are convinced that the risks are too great if we allow the Tatmadaw on Facebook and Instagram."

The "Tatmadaw-linked commercial organisations" have also been subject to restrictions: they can no longer advertise on Facebook.

According to the military, fraud was committed in the elections on 8 November, in which Aung San Suu Kyi's NLD party won a large majority. Myanmar Electoral Commission and international observers see no evidence of fraud.

Facebook is a widely used social medium in Myanmar. The military junta also used Facebook to communicate with the population, although access to the platform was restricted in the early days of the coup.

In 2018, Facebook banned 20 profiles of Myanmar military leadership, including that of General Min Aung Hlaing. According to the United Nations (UN), the army is responsible for 'genocide of the Rohingya minority'.

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