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Myanmar military blocks Facebook after coup






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The military junta that overthrew Myanmar's government has blocked Facebook. It said Facebook would be stopped to maintain social "stability". Most people in Myanmar use the social media giant, and so the junta sees it as a threat to its rule. In the days after the coup, a civil disobedience page started on Facebook and attracted over 200,000 followers. Human Rights Watch Asia said the junta sees Facebook as its Internet nemesis because it's so dominant in Myanmar. It has also been hostile to the military. A Twitter user said there is "a ban on the Internet".

The junta seized power from the democratically elected government and declared a yearlong state of emergency. The coup took place after tension between the military and the government. The junta alleges massive voter fraud in November's national election. It has arrested Aung San Suu Kyi. She is now being held in detention at an undisclosed location. Authorities say she illegally imported six unregistered walkie-talkie radios. The military also arrested former president Win Myint. They charged him with violating coronavirus measures during the election.

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