YouTube said on Friday that it had cut off five television channels run by the Myanmar military from its platform, the latest in a string of moves by US internet giants, since the military took power in a coup last month. To revert to the online footprint of.
The company – a unit of Alphabet, which also owns Google – said in a statement that it had removed the channels and videos based on its community guidelines, although it did not specify what rules the military had broken. Blocked channels include government-run Myanmar radio and television and military-owned Mywadi media, which both broadcast news, sports, military propaganda and martial anthems.
Expulsion at the end of Bloodiest week Following the protests, the military overthrew Myanmar’s fragile democratic government on 1 February. One person, a 20-year-old man, was shot dead in the neck during a protest on Friday in Mandya city.
Myanmar’s coup politics has also played digitally. The protesters have used social media sites to plot demonstrations, circulating memes to share the power of the generals, and sharing videos of police and military violence.
In return, the military is Stormy Telecom Data Center And blocked social media sites. Many times, it has completely cut off Internet access. When they can get online, many people in the country have turned to specialized software to go around the block and log on to sites like Facebook.
In the weeks following the coup, Internet companies have gradually taken control with the aim of military control. Last week, Facebook said it would Block all military pages Advertising cuts from its site and by military-owned businesses, in one of its most direct interventions in the country’s politics.
YouTube’s takedown appeared to ease Facebook’s broader ban. A YouTube spokesperson did not answer questions about whether Alphabet would take further action against the military, such as shutting down its businesses’ access to advertisements, as Facebook did. YouTube’s move was previously reported by Reuters.
The coup and ensuing protests have made American Internet firms increasingly familiar, if uneasy, as political arbiters in their home-far-right fight over democracy and human rights. Nationalist leaders around the world have used Facebook and other platforms to spread disinformation and incite violence, from the Philippines to India to the United States.
Myanmar had already become a test case to deal with the Internet’s most dangerous excesses. For example, Facebook has drawn sharp criticism over what the military has. Used stage To Promote hate Myanmar’s Rohingya towards minorities, victims Ethnic cleansing campaign Done by the army.
It was only after Myanmar joined the global internet that the generals who controlled the country for years eased their grip almost a decade ago. Since then, people in Myanmar have taken to online life with intense enthusiasm. Sites such as YouTube and Facebook have become town squares for a country that was found online late.
Although the military has been entrusted to the military in Internet blocks since the coup, it has years of experience with online divestment. However, it was committing atrocities against the Rohingya, for example, members of the military were the major factors behind a systematic campaign on Facebook that demolished a mostly Muslim ethnic group as foreigners living illegally in Myanmar. , Were even from several generations.
In 2018, then a hybrid civil-military government diverted $ 4.5 million from an emergency fund to use for one Social media monitoring team According to Myanmar’s technical experts under military command.
Since then, Internet companies have tried to show that they were vigilant for military strategy. During the campaign before the national elections in Myanmar last year, the alphabet took down The two YouTube channels said it was linked to influencing operations supporting the party that was formed by the former military junta. After the elections, the company removed 34 more YouTube channels associated with the military. In the past few months, it cut 160 videos for violating policies related to the other 20 channels and spreading hate, harassment and violent content.
Despite the blocks, activists in Myanmar complain that tech companies are still slow to disintegrate and pull violent content. The official pages of several television channels below had already been blocked by YouTube. And since the widespread ban on military pages on Facebook, many replacement pages were removed, which sprouted for removal.