Facebook temporarily hid posts calling for India’s prime minister to resign

Facebook temporarily hid posts calling for India’s prime minister to resign


Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

When Facebook users tried to view a hashtag calling for the resignation of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, they instead saw a message saying that Facebook was temporarily hiding the posts in order to keep the community safe. Buzzfeed News reports that the posts were hidden for about three hours.

Facebook has now restored the posts and told The Verge it is “looking into what happened,” echoing a public statement from a member of its communications team.

The temporary suspension of the hashtag is likely to fuel concerns about the influence that Modi’s BJP party wields over Facebook operations and social media in general. Last weekend, Twitter hid tweets critical of various officials after receiving an emergency order from…

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