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Facebook Takes Down Main Page Of Myanmar Military

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw. Its True News page was no available on Sunday.

Facebook on Sunday deleted the main page of the Myanmar military under it norms restricting the incitement of violence, the company said, a day after two protests were killed when police opened fire at a demonstration against the Feb 1 overthrow.

“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 representative said in a statement.

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw. Its True News page was not accessible on Sunday.

The military representative didn’t react to a Reuters call seeking comment.

Two peoples were killed in Myanmar’s second city Mandalay on Saturday when police and soldiers fired at protesters showing against the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, emergency worker said, the bloodiest day in over about two weeks of demonstrations.

Facebook lately has drawn in with social liberties activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and pushed back against the military after coming under heavy international criticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns.

In 2018, it banned armed chief Min Aung Hlaing – presently the military ruler – and 19 other senior officers and organizations, and took down many pages and account run by military members for coordinated inauthentic behavior.

In front of November elections, Facebook declared it had taken down a network of 70 fake accounts and pages worked by members of the military that had posted either positive substance about the army or criticism of Suu Kyi and her party.