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YouTube cancels Myanmar military-run channels and removes videos

The decision follows a military coup on February 1 that ousted the country’s elected government
Associated Press Reporters

YouTube has removed five channels run by Myanmar’s military for violating its community guidelines and terms of service.

The company said on Friday that it has terminated the channels of broadcasters Myawaddy Media, MRTV, WD Online Broadcasting, MWD Variety and MWD Myanmar.

The decision follows a military coup on February 1 that ousted the country’s elected government, provoking massive public protests.

YouTube said in a statement: “We have terminated a number of channels and removed several videos from YouTube in accordance with our community guidelines and applicable laws.”

The company said it is monitoring the situation for any content that might violate its rules.

YouTube said it had terminated around 20 channels and removed more than 160 videos in the past couple of months for violating its policies regarding hate speech and harassment, spam and deceptive practices, violent or graphic content policy and violations of its terms of service.

In December, it pulled 34 channels as part of an investigation into content uploaded in a co-ordinated influence campaign.

That campaign uploaded content about elections in Myanmar, regional conflicts and news related to the US, China and Malaysia, the company said.

The decision followed an earlier announcement by Facebook that it had removed all Myanmar military-linked pages from its site and from Instagram, which it also owns.

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