Facebook Blocks Military Related Personal Data In Myanmar

2021-02-25   |   by CusiGO

Facebook announced on Thursday that it would block all personal data related to the Burmese army (formerly Burma) that came to power in a coup on February 1 and ban them from advertising on its platform. The decision also affected all governments and media currently controlled by the military authorities before closing a few pages related to the military. “The events since the coup, including the violence that caused the deaths, have prompted an urgent need for the ban. We believe that the risk of allowing the military to operate on Facebook and instagram is too high,” the US company said in a statement.

Mark Zuckerberg’s platform, which also owns instagram, attributes its decision to “a serious record of human rights violations by the Burmese military and the apparent risk of inciting violence by the military.”. Facebook has been criticized for not doing anything about hate speech against the rohinians that the Burmese authorities do not recognize and sparked the army’s ethnic cleansing campaign in 2017. Facebook pointed out that the measures taken today are aimed at preventing the military from abusing information on its digital platform.

After the coup, the US technology company was ordered by the military to restrict its access to the country. It recalled that in 2018, the company had begun to block the personal data of military and police personnel, including the personal data of the armed forces leader min angliang, In the past few days, the social network has shut down the home page of Myanmar’s public television channel mrtv and the archive of tatmadaw true news information, which was used by the military to promote violence.

Facebook is the most used social network in Myanmar, with an estimated 22 million users. It also promises to “protect the freedom of speech of tens of millions of Burmese citizens.”. Myanmar’s military, which ruled the country with an iron hand from 1962 to 2011, ordered telecom operators earlier this month to block Facebook and other platforms associated with the multinational in order to maintain “stability” in the country.

Since the coup, in addition to the release of the ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other detainees, thousands of people across the country have taken to the streets almost every day, demanding that the military hand over power to elected politicians. Last November, Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for democracy, like in 2015, defended the military’s seizure of power on the grounds of suspected election fraud.