Facebook Bans Myanmar Military and Pro-Junta Pages

Facebook has banned the Myanmar military, pro-Junta accounts and pages as well as ads linked to the military, in a statement on Wednesday. 

“We’re continuing to treat the situation in Myanmar as an emergency and we remain focused on the safety of our community, and the people of Myanmar more broadly.”

“Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban. We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw on Facebook and Instagram are too great,” they held.

The ban also includes prohibiting commercial entities linked to the Myanmar military from advertising on its platform.

The social media giant also said that since the military takeover, they have disabled the Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page, and state-run MRTV and MRTV Live Pages for continued violation of its policies. 

However, the ban does not include government agencies “engaged in the provision of essential public services.”

The ban is enforced with immediate effect and will remain indefinitely, they added.

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