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Facebook deleting Myanmar army account

Facebook has deleted a news site page run by Myanmar’s armed forces that has arrested the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi saying that “in line with our global policies, we’ve removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook for repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm.”

The site has been used by the military to issue warnings against rallies as people take to the streets protesting against the military take-over. The military site argues, without providing proof, that the National League for Democracy’s landslide election win was fraudulent.

The blocking of Myanmar military news site’s FB page is not likely to lead to any protests other than from the Myanmar armed forces, but comes days after

  • the social media giant blocked the news publishers pages in Australia and the sharing of news by users, as it protests against a proposed law aimed at making it pay for using publishers’ content, and
  • while Facebook’s Oversight Board is reviewing the Facebook management’s decision to block former US president Donald Trump’s account.


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