Myanmar military government orders telecom networks to temporarily block Facebook


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Myanmar’s new military government has ordered local telecom firms to temporarily block Facebook in the Southeast Asian nation days after the military seized power in the country in a military coup.

Several users on Myanmar subreddit reported moments ago that Facebook was already inaccessible for them, suggesting that internet service providers have already started to comply with the order, which demanded compliance by the midnight Wednesday.

Myanmar has alleged that Facebook is contributing to instability in the country and in order cited a section of the local telecom law that seeks to benefit public and state.

NetBlocks, which tracks global internet usage, reports that MPT, a state-owned telecom operator that commands the market, has blocked Facebook as well as Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp on its network.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The move comes after days of unrest in Myanmar, where earlier this week military took control of the country and declared a state of emergency for a year after detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other democratically elected leaders of her ruling National League for Democracy.

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