YANGON: Myanmar’s state-owned internet provider was blocking entry to Facebook-owned services early on Thursday (Feb 3), the community monitoring group NetBlocks stated, days after the nation’s army leaders seized power in a coup.
A letter posted on-line by the Ministry of Communications and Information in a single day stated Facebook could be blocked till Feb 7 for the sake of “stability”.
Some Facebook customers in Myanmar reported they weren’t in a position to entry Facebook services together with Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook didn’t have instant remark. Half of Myanmar’s 53 million individuals use Facebook, which for a lot of is synonymous with the internet.
“Concerned with the situation, currently the people who are troubling the country’s stability … are spreading fake news and misinformation and causing misunderstanding among people by using Facebook,” the Ministry letter stated.
On Tuesday, the army warned in opposition to the posting of what it stated had been rumours on social media that might incite rioting and trigger instability.
NetBlocks stated the block appeared to have been solely carried out by telecom MPT, which says it has 23 million customers.
UN human rights investigators have beforehand stated hate speech on Facebook had performed a key position in fomenting violence in Myanmar. The firm has stated it was too sluggish to behave in stopping misinformation and hate within the nation.
This week, Facebook stated it was treating the scenario in Myanmar as an emergency and taking momentary measures to guard in opposition to hurt corresponding to eradicating content material that praises or helps the coup, in line with a spokeswoman.