The Myanmar government announced it had blocked Facebook as many online planned to protest the political upheaval. Access is also restricted to Instagram and WhatsApp.
Guardian reported that the Myanmar Ministry of Information and Communications said Facebook would be blocked until the end of this week, adding that people were “making it difficult for the country’s stability” by using social media to spread the word. “fake news and false information”.
Facebook confirmed that it was aware of the disruption in service provision in Myanmar. NetBlocks, a company that monitors Internet loss around the world, says Internet service providers in Myanmar are also blocking or restricting access to Instagram and WhatsApp, two apps also owned by Facebook. .
Facebook, one of the most popular social networks in Myanmar, has been used to coordinate a strike campaign by medical staff at dozens of hospitals across the country to protest the military’s mainstream action. .
Social media – which is used by more than half of Myanmar’s 53 million people – is also used to share plans for evening protests. According to the plan, people would go to their balconies to break pots and pans, express their opposition.
A woman breaks pots and pans to make noise during a protest in support of Aung San Suu Kyi in Myanmar. Photo: AFP.
According to the Reuters, efforts to block social media are patchy, and people can still access these sites. Users can use VPN applications to bypass the firewall and access Facebook.
Aung San Suu Kyi, a state adviser, and senior officials in Myanmar’s ruling party were arrested on February 1. She was charged with smuggling and could be sentenced to two years in prison. Myanmar police say they have found “unauthorized import and use” hand-held communication devices in her home.
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