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Facebook has banned Myanmar's military from its platform following coup

Added 02-25-21 01:14:02am EST - “The social platform was previously implicated as a tool in the military's persecution of the Muslim minority Rohingya population.” - Businessinsider.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Facebook has banned Myanmar's military from its platform following coup”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Facebook on Wednesday announced that they would be banning Myanmar's military from its platforms, including Instagram, following a coup d'etat in the country in early February. 

Rafael Frankel, the director of policy for APAC emerging countries, wrote in a memo that Instagram and Facebook would no longer allow Myanmar's state-controlled media pages on its platforms, nor would it allow commercial entities linked to the state to advertise on its platforms. 

The platform said the decision was made in acknowledgement of the military's "extreme human rights abuses," as well as "on-platform content and behavior violations."  

"The coup," Frankel wrote, "greatly increases the likelihood that online threats could lead to offline harm."

The ban follows news earlier this month that Facebook was taking measures to significantly limit the distribution of content made by the Myanmar military.  

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