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MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Facebook hid posts with a hashtag calling for the resignation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi by mistake, not because of a request from Indian authorities, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told BuzzFeed News.
On Wednesday, the social network temporarily hid all posts with the hashtag #ResignModi citing a breach of community security. All the poles were restored in three hours.
“We temporarily blocked this hashtag by mistake, not because the Indian government asked us to, and we have since reinstated it,” Stone said, as quoted by the US website on Thursday.
The New York Times reported Sunday that the Indian government amid a record spike in COVID-19 cases and oxygen shortages in the country’s hospitals had asked Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to delete about 100 posts criticizing the government and calls for Modi’s resignation.
The government explained this request by saying that such publications could cause panic and prevent the implementation of measures against the pandemic.
India has the second highest COVID-19 toll in the world after the United States, having so far recorded nearly 18 million cases and over 205,000 deaths.