YouTube Removes Myanmar’s Military Channels On It’s Platform

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Social media video platform; YouTube has cut five television channels run by Myanmar’s military from its platform.

This was made known in a statement on Friday in the latest in a string of moves by American internet giants against the military’s online presence.

The company — a unit of Alphabet, which also owns Google — said in a statement that it had removed the channels and videos based on its community guidelines.
The blocked channels included the government-run Myanmar Radio and Television and the military-owned Myawaddy Media, both of which broadcast news, sports, military propaganda and martial anthems.

The removal came at the end of the bloodiest week of protests since the military overthrew Myanmar’s fragile democratic government on Feb. 1.
On Wednesday, more than 30 people were killed as the security forces used increasingly brutal means to crush anti-coup protests. At least one person, a 20-year-old man who was shot in the neck, was killed during a protest on Friday in the city of Mandalay.

Protesters in Myanmar have used social media sites to plot demonstrations, to spread memes denouncing the generals’ power grab and to share videos of police and military violence.

The military, in turn, has stormed telecom data centers and blocked social media sites. At times, it has cut off internet access entirely. When they can get online, many people in the country have turned to specialized software to get around the blocks and log onto sites like Facebook.

In the weeks since the coup, internet companies have slowly beefed up controls aimed at the military. Last week, Facebook said it would block all military pages from its site and cut advertising by military-owned businesses, in one of its most direct interventions in a country’s politics to date.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized power in a bloodless coup, detaining democratically elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi and imposing a one-year state of emergency.

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