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Facebook downloads the main page of the military in Myanmar

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Facebook deleted the military’s Myanmar military home page on Sunday, according to standards prohibiting incitement to violence, the company said a day after two protesters were killed when police opened fire during a demonstration against the February 1 coup.

“In accordance with our global policies, we have removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community standards prohibiting incitement to violence and coordination of harm, “said a statement from a Facebook representative.

The Myanmar Army is known as the Tatmadaw. Her True News page was unavailable on Sunday.

The military spokesman did not answer a Reuters phone call requesting comment.

Two people were killed in Myanmar’s second city, Mandalay, on Saturday as police and soldiers fired on protesters against the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected government, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day of more than two weeks of demonstrations.

In recent years, Facebook has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and withdrew against the military after being severely criticized internationally for not containing online hate campaigns.

In 2018, it banned Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing – now a military ruler – and 19 other senior officers and organizations, and took hundreds of pages and accounts run by military members for coordinated inauthentic behavior.

Ahead of the November election, Facebook announced that it had removed a network of 70 fake accounts and pages run by the military that posted either positive content about the military or criticism of Suu Kyi and her party.

© Thomson Reuters 2021


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