Also this week, the regime revived a failed method for reining in gold prices and—with online propaganda channels getting harder to find—unveiled a homegrown ‘YouTube’.
Nearly a dozen townships are incommunicado, raising fears that a major military offensive is planned.
The app was developed by US company Apps Web Social LLC, which listed them on the App Store and Play Store on behalf of the junta.
Deploying Chinese firewall and surveillance technology could prove a double-edged sword for the regime, however, given Beijing’s record of spying on its ‘partners’.
The regime increases commercial tax by 20,000 kyats (US$11) on SIMs and a 15 percent tax on internet service providers’ income.