() – Facebook deleted the main page of the Myanmar army on Sunday according to its standards prohibiting incitement to violence, the company said, a day after two protesters were killed when police opened fire on anti-coup demonstrations on February 1st.
“In line with our global policies, we have removed the Tatmadaw True News Information Topic page from Facebook for repeated violations of our community standards that prohibit incitement to violence and coordinate harm,” a Facebook spokesman said in a statement.
The Myanmar army is known as Tatmadaw. His Truth News page was unavailable on Sunday.
A military spokesman did not answer the phone call asking for comment.
Two people were killed in another Myanmar city of Mandalay on Saturday when police and soldiers fired on protesters demonstrating against the overthrow of the elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day in more than two weeks of demonstrations.
Facebook has engaged with civil rights activists and democratic political parties in Myanmar in recent years and has pushed against the military after facing severe international criticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns.
In 2018, he banned Army Commander Min Aung Hlaing – now a military ruler – and 19 other senior officers and organizations, and removed hundreds of pages and accounts kept by military personnel for coordinated inauthentic behavior.
Ahead of the November election, Facebook announced it had downloaded a network of 70 fake accounts and pages run by members of the military who posted positive content about the military or criticism of Suu Kyi and her party.