Twitter condemns Myanmar’s move to block access
Published: 12:38 PM, 6 February 2021
Twitter; Photo: Collected
Twitter on Saturday condemned Myanmar’s move to block its access as part of a broadening crackdown on social media, days after a coup that imprisoned Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders.
“It undermines the public conversation and the rights of people to make their voices heard,” a spokesperson for Twitter said.
“We will continue to advocate to end destructive government-led shutdowns.”
Telenor, one of the country’s main telecoms providers, earlier confirmed that authorities had ordered a blockade to Twitter and Instagram “until further notice” on Friday.
Myanmar’s de facto leader Suu Kyi and president Win Myint were detained in Monday dawn raids by the military.
By Wednesday, the new regime moved to shut down Facebook, Myanmar’s main mode of communication, as an online “Civil Disobedience Movement” calling for opposition to the coup gained steam.
Internet monitor NetBlocks has also reported local disruptions of Facebook-owned platforms Whatsapp and Instagram.