Facebook bans Myanmar military’s account
Published: 08:09 PM, 25 February 2021
Social media Facebook and Instagram banned the account of the Myanmar military, confirmed the Facebook on Thursday.
According to the BBC, the decision was taken by the tech giant as the Myanmar military “considered risky”.
After the military coup in Myanmar on February 1, a Facebook page run by the Myanmar army and the page of the state TV channel was shut down by Facebook. The country’s military has increased its use of Facebook after “fraud claims” in the 2020 elections, according to various media reports.
A statement from Facebook on Wednesday night said that after the military coup, they had noticed the use of Facebook by the Myanmar army, as a result, the social media giant banned the army and its organizations from using Facebook as they felt “fatal risk”.
“We believe that allowing Tatmadaw (Myanmar's army) to be on Facebook and Instagram would be very risky,” it said.
However, the Myanmar army has not yet commented on the matter.
Earlier this month, the military overthrew the civilian government and seized power. The civilian government was ousted after allegations of electoral fraud on November 8 last year.
Students in Myanmar’s largest city, Yangon, have vowed to protest again on Thursday. Protesters have been asked to bring various textbooks on military education. The books were reportedly destroyed during the protests.
The government employees of the country have also joined the movement by violating the law. Besides, people of different professions have taken part in the protest from the very beginning. Doctors are also scheduled to stage a protest on Thursday as part of the “White Coat Revolution”.