Facebook has temporarily hidden posts calling on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step down, signaling a recent setback in a series of controversial decisions affecting freedom of speech in a country plagued by the COVID-19 crisis.
On Wednesday, posts with the hashtag #ResignModi, the world’s largest social network, said it was “temporarily hidden” because “some of the content in those posts violates our social norms.” Because the posts were hidden, it was not clear what the executives often violated the company’s rules, which they were determined to disclose.
After hiding the posts in a hashtag for about three hours, Facebook reversed the decision and allowed users to access and access the posts after the story was published.
Facebook spokeswoman Andy Stone told Buzzfield News:
Last week, the Indian government ordered Modi to block access to more than 50 tweets criticizing the outbreak. The Wall Street Journal also reported that Facebook and Instagram had blocked Modi’s posts on government orders.
The hashtag has been hidden in India based on Twitter and the US, Canada and the UK.
In February, India introduced new rules on social media and online video, allowing the government to download anti-government content on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.
A spokesman for India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has not yet commented on the request.
This seems to be the first time that Facebook has blocked or concealed the call for the democratically elected world leader to step down and raise as much content as possible. The ban appears to contradict the principles of the forum, which played a key role in perpetuating the Arab Spring uprising that overthrew Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak and the regime’s dictatorship in several other countries.
Although there are signs that normal life will return to normal this year, India is currently facing the world’s worst pandemic virus.
“Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made it impossible for the Hindu nationalist government to organize a response to the epidemic of poor India,” Indian newspaper Caravan said on Tuesday.
Earlier this year, Indian affairs declined, and most parts of the country resumed normal life. But since March, there have been a number of cases. According to the Johns Hopkins Center for Coronavirus Resources, more than 360,000 people were infected and 3,293 died yesterday. The crisis has pushed the country’s health system to the brink, with people dying in their cars and trying to reach hospitals in Delhi. As the Modi government responded, election rallies and religious gatherings spread the virus.
On Sunday, President Joe Biden announced that the United States would expedite supplies to the country and lift restrictions on the export of vaccines.
According to the Wall Street Journal in August, Facebook’s relationship with the Modi government and the Brittany Janata Party is being monitored for breach of hate speech. Rules. Anki Das, Facebook’s director of policy for India and South and Central Asia, later apologized for sharing “a” corrupt society “in a post on Indian Muslims, saying” there is nothing but religious purity and sharia law. “
“It’s very worrying that Facebook is not so clear and commenting on this issue in the very political and emergency situation,” said Evelyn Dowc, a Harvard law school professor. This seems to be the main political issue at this crucial time.