Well, Myanmar is going for it.
I said yesterday if they’re going to try to get control of this CIA Hunger Games feminist horseshit, the first thing they have to do is shut down the internet.
Myanmar’s new military authorities appeared to have cut most access to the Internet on Saturday as they faced a rising tide of protest over their coup that toppled Aung San Suu Kyi’s elected civilian government.
Numerous internet users noted a slow disappearance of services, especially from mobile service providers, that accelerated sharply late Saturday morning. Broadband connection also later failed, while there were mixed reports on whether landline telephone service was still working.
Netblocks, a London-based service that tracks internet disruptions and shutdowns, said Saturday afternoon that “a near-total internet shutdown is now in effect” in Myanmar, with connectivity falling to just 16% of normal levels.
The broad outage followed Friday’s government order to block Twitter and Instagram that said some people were trying to use the platforms to spread what it deemed fake news. Facebook had already been blocked earlier in the week — though not completely effectively.
The communication blockages are a stark reminder of the progress Myanmar is in danger of losing after Monday’s coup plunged the nation back under direct military rule after a nearly decade-long move toward greater openness and democracy. During Myanmar’s previous five decades of military rule, the country was internationally isolated and communication with the outside world strictly controlled.
Suu Kyi’s five years as leader since 2015 had been Myanmar’s most democratic period despite the military retaining broad powers over the government, the continued use of repressive colonial-era laws and the persecution of minority Rohingya Muslims.
The blockages are also adding greater urgency to efforts to resist the coup, with Saturday seeing some of the largest street protests against the takeover. In what appeared to be the main one, about 1,000 protesters — factory workers and students prominent among them — marched Saturday morning down a main street in Yangon, the country’s biggest city, and were met by more than 100 police in riot gear.
Members of the crowd shouted “Military dictatorship should fall” and “Down with dictatorship.” They marched with their hands in the air, formed into three-fingered salutes, a symbol of defiance adopted from protesters in neighboring Thailand, who borrowed the gesture from the “Hunger Games” movie franchise.
The demonstration ended peacefully with no clashes reported. It dispersed around the time communications were cut, and it was unclear if the marchers later regrouped.
Telenor Myanmar, a major mobile operator, confirmed it had received Friday’s order to block Twitter and Instagram. In a statement, Twitter said it was “deeply concerned” about the order and vowed to “advocate to end destructive government-led shutdowns.”
“It undermines the public conversation and the rights of people to make their voices heard,” its spokesperson said.
Twitter talking about how it’s an open public conversation and they’re so sad about censorship is one of those things that almost makes me smash my computer against the wall every time I read it.
Twitter has engaged in a systematic campaign of censorship with the ends to transform Western society. They also believe they have a right to do this in every country on earth.
It’s not just about who they ban, it’s about who they promote and who they downrank. Intelligence agencies choose the hashtags, and use these tools to direct society. This is how they did the Arab Spring. They’ve been doing this since the dawn of the smartphone.
No one on earth should allow these companies to operate in their countries. It has nothing to do with free speech. It is the exact opposite of free speech. This is like if a single company, with links to US intelligence, went into Burma and bought up every newspaper and TV station, and started running pro-Western propaganda. Then, if the locals attempted to start their own publication, they ran it out of business.
There is simply nothing on earth more vile than these tech companies claiming that they support freedom of speech and an open conversation. It just really does make me want to snap.
Everything these people say is a lie.
If you want a free and open global conversation, then let’s do it. I’m ready to go.
But they don’t want that, and this selective censorship that comes under the guise of “free and open public conversation” is a way to suppress speech, not the other way around.