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Google has pulled down a propaganda blog backing the military coup in Myanmar after outcry by online activists

Google has pulled down a propaganda blog backing the military coup in Myanmar after outcry by online activists

Protesters against the Myanmar military coup outside the US Embassy in Yangon on February 20, 2021.
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Google has yanked hosting of a blog promoting propaganda for the Myanmar military's coup.




The blog, named for the coup's leader, was hosted on the Google-owned Blogger platform.




Freedom-of-information activist Donk Enby tipped off Insider about the blog this week.




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Google has pulled down a propaganda blog supporting the military coup in Myanmar after the blog was discovered by an online activist this week. The blog was managed and hosted via the Google-owned Blogger platform under the URL seniorgeneralminaunghlaing.com, taking its name from the Myanmar military leader who has seized control of the country. Claiming there was mass voter fraud during the country's November elections, the military seized control of Myanmar on February 1. An independent election committee reviewed the claims and found them to be baseless. The US formally declared the military takeover as a coup on February 2. The Biden administration announced sanctions against the military on February 11. Hacker and activist Donk Enby discovered the coup's use of Blogger for propaganda and of Gmail accounts in managing companies on the US sanctions list released by Biden to discourage business with the military. Insider wrote about the use of Google tools by the military on Tuesday. Protesters of the military coup retweeted Insider's tweet of the article more than 850 times. Google removed the blog on Saturday. Financial information about the coup discovered by Enby is now being hosted by freedom-of-information activists on the website DDOS Secrets.
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