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YouTube deletes five TV channels run by the Myanmar military

YouTube canceled channels related to five television stations operated by the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw), and further violence has occurred in the country since then.

The service told the New York Times that it removed channels that violated community guidelines but did not further explain the decision. Among the deleted channels are Myanmar Radio and Television and Myawaddy Media, which broadcast news, sports, and Tatmadaw propaganda.

During last month’s coup demonstrations, dozens of peaceful demonstrators were killed this week. The protesters organized an online rally and shared videos of violence carried out by the military and police.

Tatmadaw responded by blocking social media services and occasionally shutting down Internet access completely.

After the general election in Myanmar last year, YouTube deleted dozens of other channels related to the military. It is not the only social media giant taking action to stop Tatmadaw’s attempts to spread misinformation.

Last week, Facebook, Instagram, and Tatmadaw-owned companies banned the military from accessing these platforms. The day after the coup, Facebook blocked Mywaddy on February 2.

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