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Myanmar bans more social networks

Can Facebook (FB) ever avoid getting involved in politics?

Last week, Myanmar made headlines when its military staged a coup d’etat against democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi. The coup has sparked widespread protests across the country, the largest since 2007.

In an effort to stifle the public’s ability to organize themselves, the new Myanmar military government has decided to restrict internet usage and ban social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp – because, let’s face it, how else are people organizing mobs these days?

Facebook announced last week they will be proactive in moderating content to help prevent violence and the spreading of misinformation. And so, the social media platform has designated Myanmar as a “temporary high-risk location” for two weeks, giving itself permission to remove any content or events they believe will lead to violence. Facebook gave the same designation to Washington DC after the storming of the US Capitol earlier this year.

why it matters
Events like the current coup in Myanmar demonstrate the significance that social media platforms play in our world. But, would this give more reason for lobbyists to put a case around tighter regulations?