Reuters Ann Wang
A monitoring group said on Saturday that Myanmar is in a state of “nationwide internet blocking” as thousands took to the streets to protest the military coup that toppled the government on Monday.
The observatory, “Netblocks” to monitor the Internet on “Twitter”, announced that the network data showed a decline in communication in Myanmar by 54% from usual levels, and witnesses also spoke of the suspension of Internet communication services, whether through mobile phone or wireless Internet.
Earlier, the telecommunications company, Telenor, said that Myanmar’s military rulers had ordered cell phone companies and Internet service providers to block Twitter and Instagram services in the country until “further notice.”
Twitter has not commented on blocking the site in Myanmar yet, while Facebook, which owns the Instagram social networking site, has confirmed that Instagram has been blocked.
“We urge the authorities to restore contact, so that people in Myanmar can communicate with their families and friends and access important information,” a Facebook spokesman said on Friday.