Myanmar Military blocks Facebook as coup resistance groups gain momentum

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Myanmar military has blocked Facebook stating that the development is for the sake of ‘stability’ as activists are mobilising on the platform.

This comes after the military seized power in a coup on Monday and detained hundreds of politicians.
Facebook is popular in Myanmar and activists had been using it to mobilize against the junta.

The military junta that seized control of Myanmar in a coup has said it is blocking Facebook to ensure “stability,” after activists began using it to mobilize.

Myanmar’s military, known as the Tatmadaw, declared a yearlong state of emergency on Monday and detained hundreds of lawmakers, including the de facto ruler Aung San Suu Kyi.

The coup has been condemned internationally, with world leaders calling on military leader Min Aung Hlaing to release the captives.

The Myanmar police charged Suu Kyi with a string of minor infractions on Wednesday, and if convicted, she could be imprisoned for up to three years.

Access to the internet was disrupted from 03:00 on Monday, according to internet monitor NetBlocks and, on Thursday, the Myanmar ministry of communications and information said that Facebook would be blocked until February 7, Reuters and The Guardian reported.

MPT, the state-owned telecom company, blocked Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp on Thursday, NetBlocks told Reuters

Source: Business Insider



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