Facebook Investigates “Mistaken” blocking of Anti Modi Posts in India

Facebook is now investigating the temporary mistaken blocking of posts calling for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resign, on Thursday. 

The social media giant said the posts with “#ResignModi” have been blocked by mistake, saying the posts have now been restored. 

“We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and have since restored it,” wrote Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone on Twitter. 

Indians took to social media calling for the resignation of the PM as the country struggles with an overwhelmed healthcare system amidst shortages in oxygen supplies and hospital beds.

Last week, Facebook and Twitter also took down posts critical of the government’s response to the pandemic situation, complying with an order by the Modi’s administration saying the posts could incite panic. 

India has now reported over 18 million total infections, reporting a new daily high of 379, 308 cases on Wednesday. 

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