Myanmar’s military government has blocked Facebook, Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp as it seeks to stop opposition after having conducted a coup, seized power, and detained the country’s elected leaders.

Facebook has become the key social media platform used by the citizens opposing the military takeover. It is reportedly used by about half of Myanmar’s 53 million people. Military officials said that Facebook, which for many of the people is the only access to the internet, would be blocked for the sake of “stability.”

The ban on social media will remain in place until February 7 according to the Ministry of Communications and Transport.

“Currently the people who are troubling the country’s stability… are spreading fake news and misinformation and causing misunderstanding among people by using Facebook,” the ministry said in a release.

The state-owned Internet provider MPT appears to be enforcing the block which has spread to other providers.

Netblocks, a London-based internet observatory that tracks internet shutdowns and disruptions reported the blockage by the military.