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Facebook takes down main page of Myanmar military

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Feb 21 (Reuters) - Facebook on Sunday deleted the main pageof the Myanmar military under it standards prohibiting theincitement of violence, the company said, a day after twoprotesters were killed when police opened fire at ademonstration against the Feb 1 coup.

"In line with our global policies, we’ve removed theTatmadaw True News Information Team Page from Facebook forrepeated violations of our Community Standards prohibitingincitement of violence and coordinating harm," a Facebookrepresentative said in a statement.

The Myanmar military is known as the Tatmadaw. Its True Newspage was no available on Sunday.

The military spokesman did not respond to a Reuters phonecall seeking comment.

Two people were killed in Myanmar's second city Mandalay onSaturday when police and soldiers fired at protestersdemonstrating against the overthrow of the elected government ofAung San Suu Kyi, emergency workers said, the bloodiest day inmore than two weeks of demonstrations.

Facebook in recent years has engaged with civil rightsactivists and democratic political parties in Myanmar and pushedback against the military after coming under heavy internationalcriticism for failing to contain online hate campaigns.

In 2018, it banned army chief Min Aung Hlaing - now themilitary ruler - and 19 other senior officers and organisations,and took down hundreds of pages and accounts run by militarymembers for coordinated inauthentic behaviour.

Ahead of November elections, Facebook announced it had takendown a network of 70 fake accounts and pages operated by membersof the military that had posted either positive content aboutthe army or criticism of Suu Kyi and her party.(Reporting by Reuters staff; Editing by Lincoln Feast)