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BANGKOK (AP) – YouTube has removed five TV channels run by the Myanmar Armed Forces for violating community guidelines.

The company said on Friday it had shut down Myawaddy Media, MRTV, WD, and MWD Variety և MWD Myanmar. The decision came after a military coup on February 1 that toppled the country’s elected government, sparking mass protests.

“We have shut down a number of channels, removed some videos from YouTube in accordance with our community guidelines, and comply with applicable laws,” the YouTube e-mail said.

The company said it monitors the situation for any content that may violate its rules.

YouTube reported that in the past few months, it has shut down some 20 channels, removed more than 160 videos for breach of hate speech, harassment, spam, deceptive, violent or graphic content, and its terms of service.

In December, it aired 34 channels as part of an investigation into content downloaded into the Agreed Impact campaign. The campaign carried content related to the Myanmar elections, regional conflicts և US, China և Malaysia.

YouTube’s decision followed an earlier announcement by Facebook that it had removed all Myanmar military-linked pages from its և Instagram site, which also owns it.

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