According to the rest of the world, Facebook has reportedly upheld a ban on many agencies in Myanmar that have joined forces to resist the army coup back in February. The bans were put in place returned in 2019, when agencies like the Arakan army, and lots of its allies, were categorized as terrorist agencies by the democratically-elected government.
Matters have changed in Myanmar since then. After the army coup and authorities’ takeover by using the Tatmadaw (carried out after an election in which the army claims had been fraudulent), the political situation has grown to be highly complicated.
One reputedly clean issue: the Arakan army is no longer categorized as a terrorist corporation, either by the present-day army-led government or through the elected government currently in exile. Yet, according to the rest of the world, the Arakan military is still not allowed on Facebook.
The AA isn’t the most influential group that’s found itself unable to communicate through Facebook. Many ethnic armed agencies (EAOs) are active inside the country, some of which have banded together to resist the coup government, violently cracking down on pro-democracy protestors.
Facebook restricted many of its Facebook pages back in 2019, under orders of the democratically elected government, which has been overthrown.
According to the rest of the world, the ban of EAOs changed into controversy before the coup as well: a few argue that it avoided the spread of information about human rights violations, just like the genocide against the Rohingya Muslims executed by the Tatmadaw.
Now, EAOs and journalists in the country argue that facebook’s bans save them from displaying what’s going on in the struggle against the present-day army government. A human rights organization director informed the rest of the world that the bans are “like trying to close the people’s eyes and ears.”
Facebook additionally banned pages associated with the Tatmadaw coup. However, human rights activist Thinzar Shunlei Yi tells the rest of the world that the organization has still failed to react to the political changes that have taken place in Myanmar since then and called on the company to create a legitimate oversight board for the country.