YouTube removes five TV channels run by Myanmar’s military

by Jeremy

Has taken down channels connected to five TV stations run by Myanmar’s military (Tatmadaw) in the wake of further violence. The service said it removed the media for breaking its community guidelines, but it didn’t explain the decision. Among the removed channels were Myanmar Radio and Television and Myawaddy Media, which air news, sports, and Tatmadaw propaganda.

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Dozens of peaceful protestors this week during demonstrations against last month’s coup. Protesters have organized rallies online and shared footage of violence carried out by the military and police. The Tatmadaw responded by social media services and occasionally entirely.

YouTube removed dozens of other channels connected to the military following Myanmar’s elections last year. It’s not the only social media giant to take action to stem Tatmadaw’s attempts to. Facebook and Instagram banned the military from those platforms last week, along with ads by Tatmadaw-owned businesses. Facebook blocked Mywaddy on February 2nd, the day after the coup.

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