Myanmar orders blocks of Twitter and Instagram on top of Facebook ban

Internet traffic dips markedly as protestors take to the streets


Myanmar’s military junta has ordered fresh blocks on the internet.

Last Friday mobile carrier Telenor notified customers that “All mobile operators, international gateways and internet service providers in Myanmar received a directive on 5 February 2021 from the Myanmar Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC) to, until further notice, block the social media platforms Twitter and Instagram.”

The company opposes the bans and has challenged the “the necessity and proportionality” in its response to the Ministry but has complied because the directive “has legal basis in Myanmar’s telecommunications law”.

The new directive and other less-obvious measures appear to have made internet connectivity hard to find over the weekend, with independent and non-partisan NetBlocks Internet Observatory reporting further connectivity dropouts over the weekend of February 6th and 7th.

Cloudflare’s internet Radar service also reports big fluctuations in availability of connectivity.

Cloudflare internet Radar for Myanmar week to Feb 8th 2020

Cloudflare internet Radar for Myanmar
for week to Feb 8th 2020.
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Myanmar residents took to the streets in their thousands over the weekend to protest the military coup, and VPN use in the nation is said to have surged. Cloudflare currently ranks network traffic monitoring service netdata.cloud/ the number one “trending” domain in Myanmar.

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The military has paid no heed to the protests, instead extending the time it says it will need to run the nation from 12 to 18 months. ®

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