Facebook has reportedly backed the ban on many organizations in Myanmar that have joined forces to resist a military coup back in February. in accordance with The rest of the world… The bans were introduced back in 2019, when the democratically elected government classified organizations like the Arakan Army and many of its allies as terrorist.
Since then, everything has changed in Myanmar. After the military coup and the seizure of power by the Tatmadau (carried out after the elections that military claims were rigged) the political situation has become extremely difficult. However, there is one thing that seems clear: Arakan’s army is no longer classified as a terrorist organization. current military government, or elected government currently in exile… However, according to The rest of the worldThe Arakan Army is still not allowed on Facebook.
AA is not the only group that has failed to communicate via Facebook. There appear to be many Ethnic Armed Organizations (ALOs) operating in the country, some of which united as resistance the coup d’état government, which was brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters… Many of their Facebook pages were also restricted back in 2019 by order of the democratically elected government, which has since been overthrown.
In accordance with The rest of the worldThe EAO ban was controversial even before the coup, with some claiming it hindered the dissemination of information about human rights abuses, such as genocide of Rohingya Muslims carried out by the Tatmadaw. EAO officials and journalists in the country now argue that Facebook’s bans prevent them from showing what’s going on in the fight against the current military government. The director of the human rights organization told The rest of the world that prohibitions “are like trying to close people’s eyes and ears.”
Facebook also forbidden pages linked to Tatmadaw after the coup, but human rights activist Tinzar Shunlei Yi says The rest of the world that the company still has not responded to the political changes that have occurred in Myanmar since then, and urged the company to create a formal supervisory board for the country.
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