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Social media giant Facebook announced on Thursday, February 25, that it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the Junta’s seizure of power on February 1.

In a statement, Facebook said that it was treating the post-coup situation in Myanmar as an “emergency”. It was stated that the ban was precipitated by events since the coup, including “deadly violence.”

Facebook already has banned several military-linked accounts since the coup, including army-controlled Myawaddy TV and state television broadcaster MRTV. The bans are also being extended to Instagram, which is also owned by Facebook.