Myanmar coup: Military leaders block Twitter and Instagram

Twitter and Instagram are the latest social media sites to be blocked for users in Myanmar following February 1’s coup by the military.

Telenor, one of the country’s main internet providers, confirmed it was ordered to deny access to the two sites “until further notice. “The coup leaders blocked Facebook on February 4 for the sake of “stability.” Following the ban, thousands of users were active on Twitter and Instagram using hashtags to express their opposition to the takeover.

There has been a growing movement of civil disobedience over the detention of democratically-elected leaders.

University teachers and students gathered to chant support for the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, and other senior members of her National League for Democracy party.

Suu Kyi is under house arrest, according to her lawyer. Documents show she is accused of illegally importing and using communications equipment – walkie-talkies – at her home.

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