The social networking site Facebook has banned Myanmar’s military and its affiliates from using its platform. The ban was announced by Facebook on Thursday.
Following the ban imposed by Facebook, Myanmar’s military as well as all companies under its supervision will not be able to use Instagram for their own purposes.
The social networking site Facebook also said in a statement that the main reason for the ban was the overthrow of the democratic government by the country’s military on February 1 and the seizure of power in Myanmar.
According to Facebook, violence against protesters since February 1 is another major reason for the ban. The ban also states that Facebook and Instagram are at high risk of being used by the country’s military and its affiliates.
This restriction is effective immediately. Earlier, Facebook also banned Myanmar military pages.
In 2018, Facebook froze the accounts of Myanmar’s most senior general, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other top officials. General Man Aung Hlaing was also instrumental in ousting the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy on February 1 this year.
The situation in Myanmar is deteriorating, two protesters were killed
General Helling is also the head of the current military government. After seizing power, the military government tried to block Facebook in the country but failed.
The diplomatic process has begun to end the situation after the army took power. Indonesian Foreign Minister Ratno Marsudi spoke to Myanmar’s foreign minister on Wednesday (February 24th) about the crisis in his country.
General Man Aung Hlaing has been instrumental in ousting the democratically elected government.
The talks took place in Thailand. Indonesia in the Far East and ASEAN in the region are also working to resolve the crisis in Myanmar. Indonesian Foreign Minister Marsudi says all parties to the crisis should show restraint so that the situation does not escalate into violence. Western nations also support a diplomatic solution to the Myanmar crisis.
On the other hand, the people of Myanmar are continuing their peaceful demonstrations in many cities, including Yangon, in support of the restoration of democratic government. Protest rallies were also held in several major cities on Thursday. The demonstrations called for the withdrawal of the military government and the restoration of the Sochi government.
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Large rallies were also held during the nationwide strike on Monday this week, despite strong warnings from the military government. The military government has announced new parliamentary elections a year later.