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Facebook shuts down Burmese military news page, accuses it of inciting violence

Maya Taylor

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The “True News” social media page operated by the Burmese military has been shut down by Facebook, with the tech giant accusing it of inciting violence. Thai PBS World reports that the page was shut down yesterday as the authorities in Myanmar ramp up the violent response to citizens protesting the forced removal of leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The authorities continue to crack down on those protesting the coup and calling for the military to surrender power.

Suu Kyi is currently in custody alongside several members of her administration since February 1, when the army seized power in a bloodless coup. For its part, the military is insisting the power grab was lawful, claiming on its now-defunct Facebook page that Suu Kyi’s victory in November was the result of a fraudulent election. There have been a number of large protests in major Burmese cities since Suu Kyi’s removal. On Saturday, 2 people were killed when the army fired at protesters in the city of Mandalay. There have also been reports of nightly internet blackouts and authorities have banned several social media platforms.

For its part, Facebook says it has removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Team page for “repeated violations of our Community Standards prohibiting incitement of violence and coordinating harm”. It has removed hundreds of similar Burmese army pages in recent years, including content targeting the Rohingya Muslim population. Around 750,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims are living as refugees in Bangladesh after fleeing a 2017 military crackdown.

A year later, Facebook banned the Burmese junta leader Min Aung Hlaing, along with other senior army figures after a United Nations recommendation that they be charged with genocide following the massacre of countless Rohingya Muslims. Facebook has also banned the pages of insurgent groups fighting the Burmese military, as well as those run by Buddhist monks accused of provoking anti-Muslim violence.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

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    Buttaxe

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    Has Facebook shutdown the social media pages of the Saudi, Israeli or US military for ACTUAL violence against of the people of Yemen, Syria, Palestine, Libya, Iraq, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Iran…? Hypocrisy, thy name is US Big Tech.

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      Singharacha

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:05 pm

      No, of course FB does not shutdown pages which serve the US imperialist interests, and shutdown everyone who oppose them or disagree with them.

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    Mark Cuck-erberg

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    There goes the Fakebook Police again.
    I’m glad to deleted mine 10 years ago.

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      Singharacha

      Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 8:38 pm

      You have a lot of alternatives to US BigTech.

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    Jim kelly

    Monday, February 22, 2021 at 9:18 pm

    ‘Fight and you may die. Run and you will live at least awhile.

    And dying in your bed many years from now,

    would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for

    one chance, just one chance to come back here as young men and tell

    our enemies that they may take our lives but they will never take

    our freedom!’

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