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Man cancels Muslim Ola driver's ride: Why Facebook rejected his post but Twitter didn't

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company removed the post stating that it "doesn’t follow our Community Standards".

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A major debate was triggered on social media on Sunday after a man, believed to be a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) activist, cancelled a cab ride because the driver was Muslim.

Abhishek Mishra, who describes himself on his verified Twitter handle as a "Hindutva Thinker, digital and social media advisor, Vishwa Hindu Parishad", received flak on the microblogging site for posting a screenshot of the cancelled ride that read: "Cancelled @Olacabs Booking because Driver was Muslim. I don't want to give my money to Jihadi People."

As people were reacting angrily, he justified his move by stating that his act was in “reply” to those who were running a campaign against the use of a poster of Lord Hanumana on cabs.

He tweeted screenshots of people complaining about the posters and said, “If this views acceptable then why my views are not acceptable [sic]?”

Ola, which was tagged in the tweet, responded to the man. In a befitting reply, the cab aggregator said it was a “secular platform” and did not discriminate drivers or customers based of their caste, religion, gender or creed.

Nonetheless, Mishra, who is followed by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and other BJP leaders, stood his ground and stressed that he was raising his “voice for Hindu drivers”, who were “discriminated on the basis of religion by customers."

He also highlighted Twitter's response, in which the social media giant said that it would not delete the tweet or suspend his account.

Meanwhile, Facebook did not allow the post on its platform. The Mark Zuckerberg-led company reportedly removed the post and said, “It looks like something you posted doesn’t follow our Community Standards. We remove posts that attack people based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender or disability.”
First Published on Apr 23, 2018 12:59 pm
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