Yangon, August (19)

At a press conference held on August 17, General Zaw Min Tun, spokesperson for the military

council, made the remark that they are trying to ban Facebook, the most popular social network in Myanmar, and replace it with another social media platform.

General Zaw Min Tun said that alternative social network will be developed because  military content, including nationalism, on Facebook were taken down.

An IT technician suggests that people should use another social media platform as a substitute since the military council may ban Facebook access.

“The military council wants to remove Facebook because they think it is dangerous for them. I think people should create other social media accounts,” he said.

The coup military council is now coordinating with three ministries to create a social media platform to replace Facebook.

After the military coup, Facebook has been restricted in Myanmar and people are using it with the help of a virtual private network (VPN).

A source said that if the military council blocks Facebook, people may use it in ways that bypass the restrictions.

According to IT experts, after the military council developed their social media network, Myanmar’s Facebook users could be arrested and forced to use the junta’s application.

On the other hand, the military council is also tracking and arresting those who criticize their actions and those who support the National Unity Government (NUG) and the People’s Defense Forces (PDF) through Facebook.

News – Than Lwin Times

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