Following Monday’s coup in Myanmar, Facebook banned the account of a major television station associated with the country’s military. According to The Wall Street Journal, the page had been active since at least early 2020. During that time, it posted content promoting the country’s military and gathered more than 33,000 people. Facebook deleted the account after it was brought to the company’s attention by The WSJ.
The social media giant first banned the Myawaddy station in 2018 when it took action against the accounts and pages associated with prominent Burmese military officials, including that of Min Aung Hlaing, the general who led Monday’s coup. A Facebook spokesperson said The WSJ the company “closely monitors political events in Myanmar as they unfold” and works to “put an end to disinformation and content that may cause further tension”. The company said it was also cutting positions that attempted to delegitimize the November elections, which ousted elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s party won decisively, claiming 346 of the 476 seats available in parliament.