The Myanmar military government has ordered Internet service providers to block access to Facebook. The ban is still temporary. However, in this radical way, local authorities intend to fight the protests that erupted in the country after the coup d’etat, reports Bloomberg.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Transport and Communications has sent notification to all telecommunications companies that Facebook and its services should be unavailable until February 7. The notice states that the social network must go to the ban in order to maintain “stability” in the country.
The military government of Myanmar decided on such a radical way to combat the protesters after protests broke out in the country. According to Bloomberg, the authorities have ordered Internet service providers to block access to Facebook. For now, this is a temporary restriction.
A spokeswoman for Facebook Inc. told media that the company is aware of the disconnection of “some people” from the social network. They also expectedly called on the authorities to restore the connection.
However, mobile operators are not going to disobey the order of the military government of Myanmar. Even one of the two “wholly foreign-owned” mobile network operators in the country is concerned about the situation and intends to comply with the directive.