Facebook bans Myanmar’s military from platform after coup

t said the decision to ban the Myanmar army came due to "exceptionally severe human rights abuses and the clear risk of future military-initiated violence in Myanmar", as well as the army's repeated history of violating Facebook's rules, including since the coup.

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Facebook on Thursday announced that it was banning Myanmar military junta from its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The decision has come as there is no let-up in anti-coup protests and military’s brutal crackdown against the protesters. Myanmar military removed civilian government headed by Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup on February 1.

“Events since the February 1 coup, including deadly violence, have precipitated a need for this ban,” Facebook said in a blog post.”We believe the risks of allowing the Tatmadaw (Myanmar army) on Facebook and Instagram are too great.”The U.S tech giant said it would also ban all “Tadmadaw-linked commercial entities” from advertising on its platforms.

It said the decision to ban the Myanmar army came due to “exceptionally severe human rights abuses and the clear risk of future military-initiated violence in Myanmar”, as well as the army’s repeated history of violating Facebook’s rules, including since the coup.There was no immediate reaction from Myanmar military.

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