Twitter condemns Myanmar’s move to block access days after San Suu Kyi was arrested

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Twitter on Saturday condemned Myanmar’s attempt to block access to its platform.

Bangkok, Thailand:

Twitter on Saturday condemned Myanmar’s attempt to block access to its platform as part of increasing crackdown on social media days after a coup in which Aung San Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders were jailed.

“It undermines public conversation and the right of people to be heard,” said a spokesman for the platform.

“We will continue to work to end destructive government-led shutdowns.”

Telenor, one of the country’s most important telecommunications providers, previously confirmed that the authorities had ordered a blockade of Twitter and Instagram “until further notice” on Friday.

Myanmar’s de facto leader Suu Kyi and President Win Myint were arrested by the military at dawn on Monday.

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The lightning strike returned the country to military rule and stopped Myanmar’s short ten-year experiment with democracy.

The new regime had throttled Facebook – arguably Myanmar’s main means of communication – until Wednesday, when an online “civil disobedience” movement calling for opposition to the coup gained momentum.

Internet monitor NetBlocks has also reported local malfunctions on Facebook’s own platforms Whatsapp and Instagram.

(Except for the headline, this story was not edited by GossipMantri staff and published from a syndicated feed.)

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