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Myanmar army chief’s Facebook account suspended

 International Desk daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:24 PM, 11 December 2019  

Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing; Photo: Collected

Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing; Photo: Collected

Facebook authorities have canceled the Facebook account of five senior army officers, including Myanmar army chief Min Aung Hlaing. 

Facebook canceled the accounts of Myanmar’s military after a UN report surfaced last year regarding the ‘massacre’ in Rakhine and atrocities on Rohingyas.

Facebook also removed 18 accounts and 52 pages related to Myanmar where the number of followers was about 1.2 million.

For the first time, Facebook banned military or political personnel of a country, told Facebook spokeswoman Ruchika Budhraja. 

Facebook reported that “like other banned pages, the army chief’s pages have provoked racial and religious tensions”.

Local media reported that the Myanmar army chief had two Facebook accounts - 1.3 million followers in one account and 2.8 million followers in another account.

Currently, Facebook is the most popular social media platform around the world. But Myanmar is using Facebook as a means of hatred.

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