Facebook Cut Off 4 More Armed Groups in Myanmar

Several accounts and pages were also banned last August

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Facebook banned four more armed groups in Myanmar from its platform.

The Arakan Army, the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army, the Kachin Independence Army and the Ta’ang National Liberation Army were banned from the social network, and the company said in a Newsroom post, “All related praise, support and representation will be removed as soon as we become aware of it.”

Last August, Facebook banned 18 accounts, one Instagram account and 52 pages, including those of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network.

Facebook wrote, “The ethnic violence happening in Myanmar is horrific, and we don’t want our services to be used to spread hate, incite violence or fuel tension on the ground … We recognize that the sources of ethnic violence in Myanmar are incredibly complex and cannot be resolved by a social media company, but we also want to do the best we can to limit incitement and hate that furthers an already deadly conflict.”

david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.