Facebook revealed Thursday that it blocked all posts containing the hashtag #ResignModi in India for several hours Wednesday.
Facebook at first claimed the hashtag, popular among Indians who believe Prime Minister Narendra Modi should resign for handling the coronavirus poorly, was suppressed because it violated community standards. Later on Thursday, Facebook said the hashtag was blocked by “mistake” and would be restored.
This week, the Indian government asked Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms to ban posts that spread “fake or misleading information” about the coronavirus surge. Twitter confirmed it complied with the order and deleted some of the tweets indicated by the Indian Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. Facebook did not immediately comment on the order.
Critics accused the Modi administration of using the pandemic crisis as a pretext for stifling political opposition. These suspicions were reinforced when Facebook wiped out every post