Messaging app Viber stops Myanmar ads sales pending investigation

March 10, 2021 7:35 AM EST

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Viber logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration


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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Rakuten-owned messaging app Viber said on Wednesday it was stopping all advertising in Myanmar temporarily, after a Reuters story found it had recently run adverts for a military-backed telecoms firm there.

"We are looking into the current situation to ensure all ads comply with guidelines," Viber said in a tweet responding to the Reuters story. "While we are conducting this analysis, we have decided to stop all advertising to Myanmar."

(Reporting by Fanny Potkin; editing by John Stonestreet)



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