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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 …

  1. Winkypop Silver badge

    Nature abhors a vacuum

    All dictators will fall.

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Nature abhors a vacuum

      "All dictators will fall."

      Biden is still in office.

      How many EOs signed in the first week? 6X more than any other POTUS. A new record.

      1. sabroni Silver badge

        Re: Biden is still in office.

        He won that election!! By a lot!!

        (7 million according to the results, unless you discount all the black votes. I mean unless you discount the illegitimate votes!! Sorry, was my white supremacy showing?)

      2. DS999 Silver badge

        Re: Nature abhors a vacuum

        No Biden is in office because the wanna-be dictator's coup failed on Jan. 6th because in America you don't get the military to support a coup. Though apparently you do get some former military and current and ex cops who don't understand the Constitution, along with some rando militia members, nutjob conspiracy theorists, and some white supremacists sprinkled in to really make it the loser event of 2021.

        Fortunately by supporting it, el Trumpo will never hold office again even though cowardly republicans won't impeach him. That shitshow is how Trump will be remembered, as the worst president in US history and (hopefully) the only one to ever attempt a coup against his own government.

        1. Anonymous Coward

          @DS99 Re: Nature abhors a vacuum

          I think you should pay attention to the impeachment trial being held in the Senate this week.

          You'll start to see that your assumptions are wrong and that you need to see the evidence before rushing to judgement.

          The charges raised by the FBI against those who breached the Capitol Building tell a different story.

          I also suggest you read Jonathan Turley's law blog. He has some choice things to say.

          (He and Dershowitz are both openly liberal Democrats who seem to come to Trump's defense on these types of things.

          1. DS999 Silver badge

            Re: @DS99 Nature abhors a vacuum

            There are plenty of conservative law professors (and the founder of the Heritage Foundation itself!) who say it is absolutely constitutional. You need to get out of your right wing media bubble.

    2. Potemkine! Silver badge

      Re: Nature abhors a vacuum

      Unless supported by China. Myanmar, NK and China itself are good examples.

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    If $Dictator doesn't censor you

    Then $Platform will, unless it's inconsistent with their economic advantage $$$.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: inconsistent with their economic advantage

      Oh no! Capitalism!!

      I suppose you think the state should run Twitter....

      1. Anonymous Coward

        @AC Re: inconsistent with their economic advantage


        Oh no! Capitalism!!

        I suppose you think the state should run Twitter....



        Actually making FB and Twitter public utilities would have a chilling effect. Or having the courts rule them as monopolies... would also have a chilling effect.

        It would actually solve a lot of problems and would also remove their Section 230 protections. (While affording them some other protections in its place.) But still not something FB or Twitter shareholders would want....

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    How can we get one of those directives?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    FB , Twitter banned?

    Wow, I wonder how they feel to be censored?

    Just saying.

    1. sabroni Silver badge

      Re: FB , Twitter banned?

      If only your coup had a been a little less shit, eh? Your fucking "leader" couldn't organise a coup while he was still in power.

      You're right to look to Myanmar as an example of where you want to be.

      Keep pretending it was stolen from you, democracy is overrated, you won't miss it when it's gone.

      Just sayin'

  5. Lon24 Silver badge

    Post modern social media

    So Facebook/Instagram/Twitter are dead? How else is one going to communicate?

    Oh, go out and meet face to face - or barricade to barricade? Keyboard warriors have to become real warriors. Burma's security forces appear to be finding that they are more difficult to deal with then suppressing tweets from 'Disgusted of Rangoon'. It's becoming daily apparent that there are more ways to organise a protest and subvert the government than being an online influenza.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Black Helicopters

    SOP nothing new here.

    Shutting down and controlling communications is Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for any coup.

    People here need to actually take a bit of a history lesson.

    Just look at Egypt when the military ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power.

    I just have to wonder what is being taught to kids these days.

    If judging by my nephew who went to Uni in Scotland... I think too many have a warped education.

    Sorry but those who don't learn their history are doomed to repeat their mistakes.

    1. Alan Brown Silver badge

      Re: SOP nothing new here.

      I've spent time living in Myanmar.

      The rich have satelilte ISP links via Thai ISPs.

      Everyone else puts up with absolutely shitty connectivity via several levels of CGNAT that makes most websites barely usable. This won't make much overall difference as things are heavilly throttled/firewalled via Naypyiadaw before the rest of the country gets to see it - and unfortunately whilst those of us in the west were hoping for another Nelson Mandela, what Myanmar has got (even before the coup) is more like another Robert Mugabe.

      There's a lot of stuff going on that is carefully hidden from western eyes and that all sides of government really DON'T like people outside the country findng out (particularly in Shan state, Karen tribal zones and in Rakine State) which the general populations finds "OK"

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