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Facebook hid posts with #ResignModi by “mistake”

Facebook temporarily hid posts with the hashtag #ResignModi for about three hours on Wednesday, Buzzfeed News reported. A Facebook spokesperson told MediaNama, "We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and have since restored it.” The social media platform did not respond to MediaNama's question on what led to such a mistake. https://twitter.com/DilliDurAst/status/1387466338067648521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1387466338067648521%7Ctwgr%5E%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.buzzfeednews.com%2Farticle%2Fryanmac%2Ffacebook-blocking-posts-hashtag-resign-modi This block comes at a time when social media censorship by the Indian government is at an unprecedented high. Last Saturday, MediaNama reported on Twitter censoring 52 tweets criticizing the government's handling of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The blocked tweets contain tweets by well-known personalities including an MP and an MLA. A few days after this incident, Wall Street Journal reported that over 100 posts across Twitter and Facebook were blocked on government orders. These incidents have caused…

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