Feb 21, 2021

Myanmar coup: Facebook deletes military's main news site

The social media giant Facebook has deleted a news site run by Myanmar's military, a day after two people were killed protesting against the coup. In a statement Facebook said: "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 military's leader Min Aung Hlaing and other top army chiefs are already banned from Facebook amid allegations of human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. An estimated 22 million of the 54 million people in Myanmar use Facebook. The population flocked to Facebook over the past decade as Myanmar's economy liberalised, in part because unlike other big online portals Facebook supported Burmese script.

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