Facebook removes main page of Burmese Army

Facebook removes main page of Burmese Army

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Yangon (Burma), Feb 21 (EFE) .- Facebook deleted this Sunday the main page of the Burma Army on its platform for failing to comply with the requirements of non-incitement to violence, a day after two people were killed by police shots in a protest.

“In line with our global policies, we have eliminated the Tatmadaw True News Information page for repeated violations of our community standards that prohibit incitement to violence,” reads the statement sent to Efe by a Facebook spokesperson referring to the Army’s main page on the platform.

Facebook had already limited the visibility of the pages of the Burmese Army since February 12, accusing the military of the “continuous dissemination of false information” since the coup through various profiles.

The social network, the most widely used in Burma with an estimated 22 million users, also pledged to “protect the freedom of expression of tens of millions of Burmese citizens.”

The Burmese Army, which already ruled the country with an iron fist from 1962 to 2011, ordered telecommunications operators at the beginning of the month to block access to Facebook and other platforms linked to the multinational, in order to preserve the ” stability “of the country.

Facebook’s decision comes a day after two protesters were killed by police bullets during a demonstration against the military coup in Mandalay, the second largest city in the country.

Both deaths are added to that of Mya Thwe Thwe Khine, a 20-year-old participant in the civil disobedience movement who died of a live ammunition shot by the Police in Naipyidó, the capital, where her funeral is being held today.

The Army justified the seizure of power by alleged electoral fraud in the elections last November in which the National League for Democracy, the party led by Aung Sang Suu Kyi, swept, as it did in 2015.

(c) EFE Agency


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