Viber messaging app stops selling ads in Myanmar pending Reuters investigation

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Rakuten’s own messaging app Viber announced on Wednesday that all advertising in Myanmar was temporarily suspended after a Reuters story discovered that it recently ran ads for a military-backed telecommunications company.

“We are investigating the current situation to ensure that all ads are compliant,” Viber said in a tweet that responded to the Reuters story. “While we were doing this analysis, we decided to stop promoting Myanmar.”

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