Norwegian telecommunications company Telenor’s statement that the Myanmar military had ordered mobile operators and Internet service providers to block the use of Twitter and Instagram in Myanmar “until further notice”.
According to Reuters on the 6th, Telenor, a Norwegian telecommunications company, said that the Myanmar military had ordered on the 5th to prohibit mobile operators and Internet service providers from providing access to social networking sites Twitter and Instagram in Myanmar “until further notice”.
Telenor expressed “grave concern” about the order in a statement and said it had questioned the Myanmar military about its necessity.
The Myanmar military ordered Internet service providers to block Facebook in Myanmar on the 4th until the 7th.
Myanmar’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment regarding the lockdown of Twitter and Instagram, but previously confirmed that Facebook had been blocked for “stabilization” reasons.
A Twitter spokesperson also expressed “deep concern over Myanmar’s order to block internet services,” Reuters reported.
Because of Facebook’s blockade order, a large number of Burmese people went to Twitter and Instagram to express their dissatisfaction with the detention of State Senior Executive Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and demanded the military to step down.
On the 1st of this month, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and President Wen Min were detained by the Myanmar military.
The military said that power had been transferred to the commander-in-chief of the National Defense Forces, Min Onlai, and the country imposed a one-year state of emergency.