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Facebook ban deepens distrust between Myanmar military, government

Yangon (The Irrawaddy News) — The already growing mistrust between the civilian administration and the powerful military leadership has been suddenly aggravated by social media giant Facebook’s decision to ban Myanmar’s top generals. The military leaders suspect that the government, led by de facto national leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was somehow involved in the closure of the Facebook accounts of military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and some other top brass. But on what grounds? Some social media users have expressed sympathy with the military’s view, pointing to the fact that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi recently visited Singapore, where some of Facebook’s top executives including Simon Milner, vice president for public policy, are based. Milner and his team were recently in Myanmar. As part of the company’s efforts to reach out to key players in the country, they met with Information Minister U Pe Myint as well as editors, journalists and representatives of several media groups and other concerned individuals. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was in Singapore for a four-day working visit at the invitation of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Sources close to the Myanmar military also said the timing of the ban, so soon after the State Counselor’s visit, suggested she had advance knowledge of the plan. Was she involved? “What was she doing in Singapore?” asked many sympathetic to Snr-Gen Min Aung Hlaing, suggesting that Daw Aung San Suu Kyi played a key role in removing his social media account and those of the other generals. One thing is certain: Whenever she goes abroad, she is accompanied by ministers and Myanmar Embassy officials, so the military will no doubt have its eyes and ears on her. In public, many senior military officers are reluctant to voice such concerns, saying only that “we... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Facebook ban deepens distrust between Myanmar military, government, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Facebook ban deepens distrust between Myanmar military, government

 

 

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Published By: Thai PBS NETWORK - Saturday, 1 September, 2018

 

 

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