In a statement made by Myanmar’s Ministry of Communication and Information, it was reported that the state telecommunications company MPT and private internet servers in the country were ordered to block access to Facebook until February 7.
In the Ministry’s statement, it was noted that the decision was made to guarantee stability in the country, “Currently, some people share news and false information on Facebook, which generates misunderstandings in public opinion.” expression was used.
Following government instructions, MPT, which has 23 million users, banned Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp apps, while other telcos only blocked Facebook.
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone also confirmed that the site was not accessible in Myanmar.
MILITARY COUP IN MYANMAR
Tensions rose in the country over allegations of manipulation of the vote count for the November 8, 2020 elections in Myanmar. After pro-military demonstrations took place, the General Staff asked the government on January 28 to clarify the allegations of manipulation in the elections.
Myanmar’s military seized power on February 1, a state of emergency was declared for a year, President Win Myint, the country’s Foreign Minister and de facto leader, Aung San Suu Chi, and leading party figures ruling National Democratic Union (NLD) were arrested.
In the following days, the Myanmar army raided the party headquarters and the buildings of the local NLD organization, confiscating computers and documents.
Chief of Staff Min Aung Hlaing, who took over the country’s administration, promised to return to democratic elections after the state of emergency ended, and NLD leader Suu Çii called on the public to protest against the coup.