Facebook posts criticizing India’s prime minister are disappearing from the social network this week, a Facebook spokesperson told Gizmodo. And everyone just assumes the worst. The posts in which there was a huge criticism on BJP and the Prime Minister were removed and there was no clear explanation given by Facebook. Considering the guidelines as well there was no response on it. Many people are angry and disturbed with these actions because how can someone not expect or can consider another person’s opinion.
“This was an error and we’re sorry,” Facebook said in a statement. “We will continue to look into the circumstances of how it got blocked and restore access to content that should not be censored.”The tech company explained that it had inadvertently blocked users from sending the hashtag within its app. Facebook doesn’t provide details about specific blocks and doesn’t say how many it has implemented. It also didn’t answer Gizmodo’s question about whether the blocking was done by humans or not. Also, it’s not clear if Facebook’s moderation policies have been changed, or if the blocked posts were reported at all.
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Censorship of criticism of the government, first reported by BuzzFeed News, comes as India faces criticism for not doing enough to fight the cruel, devastating disease. The censorship of the hashtag is just one more example of Prime Minister Modi’s far-right administration’s utter failure to address the country’s growing public health crisis. Popular online news and information portal BuzzFeed has been censored in India for publishing a report that was critical of the Prime Minister and his government’s handling of a deadly disease.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken out against climate change, despite an alarming death toll and hospitals so packed with patients that some people are being treated in tents and others are simply being left to die in the streets. India recorded 379,259 new confirmed cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in the past 24 hours, with a staggering 3,645 new deaths from the disease. Lakhs of people across India have been affected by this disease.
Hospitals are so packed with patients that some are being treated outdoors and others who have yet to be diagnosed are simply being left behind. Last week, the Indian government temporarily blocked Twitter over a series of tweets critical of Modi’s handling of the pandemic that may have contained false information. Facebook, on the other hand, insists they have no tie to the government.
Prime minister Narendra Modi says that he prefers dialogue before crackdowns, but is ready to strike if India comes under more attacks. Let’s hope this covid situation gets better and once again India passes out with flying colors and let’s expect no more politics on this issue.