Facebook has restored the hashtag asking for Indian Prime Minister Modi to resign – CNET


More social media posts critical of the Indian government were censored.

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Facebook says it’s now restored the #ResignModi hashtag, which calls for the resignation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The news follows reports Wednesday that the social media network was censoring posts with the hashtag because some violated its community standards.

“This hashtag has been restored and we are looking into what happened,” Andy Stone, from Facebook communications, tweeted Wednesday afternoon.

“Keeping our community safe,” the notice on Facebook read when people searched for the hashtag. “Posts with #ResignModi are temporarily hidden here. Some content in those posts goes against our community standards.”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hosted Modi at Facebook headquarters back in 2015 for a talk on internet access.

Over the weekend, Twitter took down dozens of tweets at the request of the Indian government. Those tweets were critical of the government’s response to the spike in COVID-19 cases across India.

“When we receive a valid legal request, we review it under both the Twitter Rules and local law. If the content violates Twitter’s Rules, the content will be removed from the service,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement on Sunday. “If it is determined to be illegal in a particular jurisdiction, but not in violation of the Twitter Rules, we may withhold access to the content in India only.”

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for additional comment.

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