This photo shows a demonstration against Facebook in Myanmar in October 2018

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A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple social media posts alongside a claim it shows a demonstration against Facebook in Myanmar held in January 2021 over alleged political interference by the platform. The claim is false; the photo in fact shows a protest against Facebook in Myanmar in October 2018.

The photo was published here on Facebook on January 13, 2021. 

Screenshot of the misleading post, taken on January 19, 2021

The photo shows several men holding a Burmese-language sign that translated to English as: “[We] totally denounce Facebook for interfering in Myanmar’s political affairs without showing appropriate concern”.

The post’s caption translates in part as: “First, they targeted the teachers who served as polling station heads … Now, they are talking about Facebook. Finally, they will head a rally against the people who voted for the NLD. Their disease is getting worse.”

The post circulated two months after Myanmar’s National League for Democracy (NLD) won a general election held on November 8, 2020. Following the vote, Myanmar's opposition parties rejected the result and demanded a new election, as AFP reported here and here.

The image was also shared alongside a similar claim here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here

The claim, however, is false.

A reverse image search on Google found the photo was published by The Voice, a Myanmar media outlet, here on October 5, 2018.

Screenshot of the Voice’s report, taken on January 18, 2021

The report’s Burmese-language headline reads: “Protest against Facebook in Kale”.

Kale is a town located in Myanmar’s Sagaing region.

The report in part reads: “Members of Myanmar War Veterans Organisation in Kale district, Sagaing region and other cities such as Kalewa and Minkin took part in a rally to show their support of the military and denounce foreign interference.

“The rally took place at 8:30am on October 5 in front of Kale town hall for about an hour.

“215 war veterans from three townships showed up at the rally. They carried banners and chanted slogans: We strongly support Tatmadaw [the military]; may the people’s beloved Tatmadaw who loves the people be successful; we totally denounce Facebook for interfering ni Myanmar’s political affairs without showing appropriate concern; we will never accept the bias of the UN's fact-finding commission and its unfair, one-sided report.”

Below is a screenshot comparison of the photo in the misleading post (L) and the photo in The Voice report (R):

AFP found another Facebook post with similar photos of the same protest published here on October 5, 2018. The banners in the photos show the same slogan as the banner seen in the misleading posts.

A screenshot of the October 2018 Facebook post

The post's caption translates to English as: "Rally supporting Tatmadaw [Myanmar military] today in Kale, Sagaing Region. Credit. #KyawKoKoTin".