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Facebook Takes Down Main Page of Myanmar Military After 2 Protesters Killed in Police Fire

People protest towards the army rule in Myanmar. (Reuters)

Two folks have been killed in Myanmar’s second metropolis Mandalay on Saturday when police and troopers fired at protesters demonstrating towards the overthrow of the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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  • Last Updated: February 21, 2021, 09:07 IST
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Facebook on Sunday deleted the primary web page of the Myanmar army beneath it requirements prohibiting the incitement of violence, the corporate mentioned, a day after two protesters have been killed when police opened hearth at an illustration towards the Feb 1 coup.

“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 consultant mentioned in an announcement.

The Myanmar army is called the Tatmadaw. Its True News web page was no obtainable on Sunday. The army spokesman didn’t reply to a Reuters cellphone name searching for remark.

Two folks have been killed in Myanmar’s second metropolis Mandalay on Saturday when police and troopers fired at protesters demonstrating towards the overthrow of the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi, emergency staff mentioned, the bloodiest day in additional than two weeks of demonstrations.

Facebook in recent times has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political events in Myanmar and pushed again towards the army after coming beneath heavy worldwide criticism for failing to comprise on-line hate campaigns.

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

Ahead of November elections, Facebook introduced it had taken down a community of 70 pretend accounts and pages operated by members of the army that had posted both constructive content material concerning the military or criticism of Suu Kyi and her occasion.

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