Facebook on Sunday removed the main page of the Myanmar Army


A Facebook page run by Myanmar’s Janta’s “True News” information service was removed from the platform on Sunday after the tech giant accused it of inciting violence. Security forces in the country have steadily increased violence against a large-scale and largely peaceful civil disobedience campaign, demanding the return of ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

The Nobel laureate was detained at the beginning of the month along with his top political allies, but the new regime insisted that it had legally assumed power. It has used Facebook, which claims that Suu Kyi’s overwhelming electoral victory last November issued warnings of voter fraud and the protest movement – seeking to reduce the military’s power.

A spokesman for the forum said that the Tatmad Sacha News Information Team page was removed to “prevent violence and coordinate harm due to repeated violations of our community standards”. The social media giant has banned hundreds of army-related pages in recent years after being criticized for an ineffective response to malicious posts in the country.

A lot of the material targeted the country’s stateless Rohingya Muslim minority, of which around 750,000 people fled to neighbouring Bangladesh in 2017 following the military crackdown. The junta chief Min Aung Hlaing and other top military leaders were removed from the stage after a year of UN investigations that recommended facing a massacre trial over the violence.

The forum has also banned rebel groups and militant Buddhist monks from the military at the front of the country on charges of inciting violence against Muslims. Much of Myanmar has been accompanied by large street protests in major cities and isolated villages since Suu Kyi was ousted from power on 1 February.

Two people died on Saturday after a mob opened fire on security forces in the central city of Mandalay. The public has banned internet blackouts and social media platforms including Facebook at night in an effort to bring the protest campaign to its heel.