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All you need to know about The Wire vs Meta Controversy On Content Removal

The Wire accused Meta of allowing BJP’s Amit Malviya to report and remove Instagram posts while Meta says the evidence is “fabricated”

The original story was published on 11th October 2022. Updates have been added to include the latest developments. What's the news:  Instagram took down a video of an Uttar Pradesh resident worshipping Yogi Adityanath just because it was reported by BJP's IT Cell chief Amit Malviya, The Wire reported. The video was posted by a satirical account called Superhumans of Cringetopia, which refers to itself as a group of academics and journalists. A source also shared internal documents with The Wire to support this claim, the authenticity of which has been questioned by Meta. The source also said that all the 705 posts reported by Amit Malviya on Instagram in September this year were taken down by Instagram. However, Meta's Andy Stone (who works in the communications team) refuted the allegations saying the documents appear to be “fabricated." Update (19th October): The Wire has "suspended" its stories against Meta and the BJP for the time being. It will now conduct an "internal review" of all documents, source material and sources used for its reporting. Also, two independent cybersecurity experts who were believed to have reviewed The Wire's DKIM signature verification process went on to say that this is false and they were not a part of the process, Newslaundary reported.  Update (27th October): The Wire "formally retracted" its stories against Meta on October 23 and then issued an apology on October 27. “The Wire acknowledges that the internal editorial processes which preceded publication of its Meta stories did not meet the…

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