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#ResignModi posts blocked: Facebook explains why, reinstates hashtag

A hashtag calling for the resignation of Modi was briefly blocked on Facebook.

April 29, 2021 / 01:14 PM IST
The development comes amid reports that social media companies are being asked to remove posts that are critical of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.  Reuters

The development comes amid reports that social media companies are being asked to remove posts that are critical of the government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters

Facebook, on April 29, said that it had temporarily blocked posts with the hashtag #ResignModi "by mistake" and that it had not been done on orders from the government.

As the second wave continues to wreak havoc in India, people took to social media apps to criticise Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his government's response to the crisis with many even calling for his resignation using #ResignModi.

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According to reports and screenshots posted by users on the social media platform, including Twitter, a hashtag calling for the resignation of Modi was briefly blocked on Facebook.