Facebook and other social media services are being temporary blocked in Myanmar. The block was announced after the military lost power earlier this week in a general elections. The report was announced by internet monitoring service NetBlocks.
NetBlocks, one of the internet monitoring services said that MPT and telecommunication company Telenor in Myanmar has stopped Facebook and other applications in the country. Along with Facebook, they have also blocked WhatsApp, instagram and Facebook’s messenger application.
The restriction on Social media was done after Myanmar’s Military established the takeover on February 1st. Also after Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League of Democracy party won the General election in the month of November.
A letter was posted on Twitter to announce that the state is temporary suspending access to Facebook and other Social media apps to stop spreading the misinformation.
LATEST DEVELOPMENT : New military government orders telecom companies to temporarily block Facebook as they assume the social media platform is disturbing the restoration of stability in the country. Jumping back to 2000s in three days. #myanmar pic.twitter.com/2BzUujCSfM
— Hnin Zaw (@hninyadanazaw) February 3, 2021
Also one of the spokesperson from Facebook stated “We urge authorities to restore connectivity so that people in Myanmar can communicate with their friends and families and access important information.”
This has been said that social media becomes the reason for spreading misinformation in many situations. Not only in Myanmar but in other countries as well. Facebook has designated Myanmar as “Temporary High Risk Location” to combat any situation if happen.