Military Coup: Facebook Temporarily Blocked In Myanmar After Online Protest

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

04th Feb, 2021. 10:16 pm
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Myanmar’s military government has blocked the country’s social networking site Facebook after online protest.

According to media reports, local telecom in Myanmar has temporarily blocked Facebook following orders from the military government.

According to a report by TechCrunch, people in Myanmar no longer have access to Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, the country’s largest telecom operator MPT.

The military government has claimed that Facebook was playing a role in destabilizing the country, which has led to its ban.

Facebook has 27 million users in Myanmar and will be banned until February 7.

“We are aware that some people in Myanmar have been denied access to Facebook, and we urge the administration to restore it, so that the public can communicate with their loved ones as well,” a Facebook spokesperson told Access to important details.

In Myanmar, the military seized power on the morning of February 1 in a coup against the democratically elected government and detained Aung San Suu Kyi and other leaders of her party, the National League for Democracy (NLD).

The military said in a statement on a military-owned TV station that it had taken “detentions” in response to election fraud in which military chief Min Aung Hlaing was given power and a one-year state of emergency was declared.

The NLD won the election in November last year.

On February 2, Facebook blocked an account belonging to a TV station supporting Myanmar’s phone measures.

A Facebook spokeswoman said at the time that the company was closely monitoring the political situation in Myanmar, while preventing misleading details and content from escalating tensions.

On August 28, 2018, Facebook deactivated 18 accounts, 52 pages and an Instagram account in Myanmar that spread hate speech and misinformation, with 12 million people following these accounts and pages.

The Facebook administration also blocked the accounts of top military officials, including Myanmar’s then-army chief Min Aung Hlaing.

The company said in a statement that the move was aimed at spreading violence and hate speech against Rohingya Muslims.

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