Days After Blocking Facebook, Myanmar’s Military Government Has Now Blocked Instagram and Twitter

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the military coup in Yangon on February 6, 2021.
Photo: Ye Aung Thu / AFP (Getty Images)

Myanmar’s new military-led government has blocked Instagram and Twitter in the country in an attempt to squash citizen resistance to the coup it staged earlier this week that ousted the country’s democratically elected government.

The new restrictions were announced on Friday by Telenor, an internet provider with headquarters in Norway, which stated that all mobile operators, international gateways, and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive from the country’s Ministry of Transport and Communications to block the social media networks until further notice.

The move comes just days after the new government blocked Facebook, which is estimated to be used by roughly half of the country’s 55 million people. It is one of the most popular forms of communication in Myanmar.

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