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Facebook Curbs Myanmar Army Content as Protests Intensify

  • Junta has stepped up crackdown on civil servants, activists
  • Protests against coup have entered their second week
Myanmar military soldiers and police officers stand gaurd road during the demonstration in Yangon, on Feb 9.
Myanmar military soldiers and police officers stand gaurd road during the demonstration in Yangon, on Feb 9. Photographer: Aung Kyaw Htet/SOPA Images/Getty Images
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Facebook Inc. will significantly reduce the distribution of content from profiles and pages run by the Myanmar military, treating it as a source of misinformation in the wake of the Feb. 1 coup that deposed the elected government.

While U.S. social networks have often been reluctant to pick sides in political disputes, Facebook is taking direct steps to stop distribution of the military’s narrative in the country. The company is curbing the reach of its information team and spokesperson Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun, adding “this same action will be applied to any additional pages that the army controls that repeatedly violate our misinformation policies,” it said in a statement.