Facebook Takes Down Main Page of Myanmar Military

On Sunday, Facebook deleted the main page of the Myanmar Army according to its standards prohibiting the incitement of violence, according to the company, a day after two protesters were killed when the police opened fire at a demonstration against the coup of Feb 1, reports Reuters.

“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,” a Facebook representative said in a statement.

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw. Its True News page was no available on Sunday.

The military spokesman did not respond to a Reuters phone call seeking comment.

Two people were killed in Myanmar's second city, Mandalay, on Saturday, when police and soldiers fired protesters demonstrating against the overthrow of Aung San Suu Kyi's elected government, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations.

Facebook in recent years has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and pushed back against the military after coming under heavy international criticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns.

In 2018, it banned army chief Min Aung Hlaing - now the military ruler - and 19 other senior officers and organisations, and took down hundreds of pages and accounts run by military members for coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

In the run-up to the November elections, Facebook announced that it had taken down a network of 70 fake accounts and pages operated by members of the military with either positive military content or criticism of Suu Kyi and her party.


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