New Nationwide ‘Internet Blackout’ Reportedly Hits Myanmar

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The Myanmar Army had earlier ordered communications operators and internet service providers to block access to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and related apps, claiming that some people were trying to use social media platforms to spread misinformation.

Myanmar has been hit with a new nationwide internet blackout just days after a similar shutdown that coincided with a military coup, according to NetBlocks, an independent group that monitors internet outages worldwide.

The military currently in charge of Myanmar has broadened a ban on social media in the aftermath of this week’s coup, which saw State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi overthrown and subsequently detained. The Army moved to shut down Twitter and Instagram, following a similar action against Facebook and related apps, suggesting that these platforms were used to spread fake news.

Telenor, a Norway-based telecommunications company operating in Myanmar through a subsidiary, has revealed that it complied with the army order to cut access to social media platforms, but called into question “the necessity and proportionality of the directive”.

Twitter, meanwhile, has issued a statement to stress that it’s “deeply concerned” with the order to shut internet services in the country and promised to “advocate to end destructive government-led shutdowns”.

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