Russia-based VK opens military pages including military chief

Writer: 
Kyaw Zin Win
Russia-based VK has opened pages of Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Myawady and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, said a source.
 
The social network of VK has started Senior General Min Aung Hlaing Page on August 28 and this page carried the news of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing’s visit to Russia. The VK showed news and photos of Vice-President Henry Van Thio and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing regarding the spillway collapse of Swar Chaung dam on August 29 morning. 
 
Facebook said on August 27 that it banned 20 Myanmar individuals and organizations from Facebook — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network. As regards, Russia-based VK has opened pages of Office of Commander-in-Chief of Defence Services, Myawady and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing. 
 
Facebook issued an announcement regarding Myanmar on August 27, saying “Today, we are taking more action in Myanmar, removing a total of 18 Facebook accounts, one Instagram account and 52 Facebook Pages, followed by almost 12 million people. We are preserving data, including content, on the accounts and Pages we have removed.
 
“Specifically, we are banning 20 individuals and organizations from Facebook in Myanmar — including Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, commander-in-chief of the armed forces, and the military’s Myawady television network. International experts, most recently in a report by the UN Human Rights Council-authorized Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, have found evidence that many of these individuals and organizations committed or enabled serious human rights abuses in the country. And we want to prevent them from using our service to further inflame ethnic and religious tensions. This has led us to remove six Pages and six accounts from Facebook — and one account from Instagram — which are connected to these individuals and organizations. We have not found a presence on Facebook or Instagram for all 20 individuals and organizations we are banning.
 
“We have also removed 46 Pages and 12 accounts for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook. During a recent investigation, we discovered that they used seemingly independent news and opinion Pages to covertly push the messages of the Myanmar military. This type of behavior is banned on Facebook because we want people to be able to trust the connections they make.
 
“We continue to work to prevent the misuse of Facebook in Myanmar — including through the independent human rights impact assessment we commissioned earlier in the year. This is a huge responsibility given so many people there rely on Facebook for information — more so than in almost any other country given the nascent state of the news media and the recent rapid adoption of mobile phones. It’s why we’re so determined to do better in the future.”
 
Edited by Win Htut