Social networking web site Facebook took down the web page of Kisan Ekta Morcha for a number of hours on Sunday, sparking widespread criticism over what farmers mentioned was an try and muzzle their voices.
Kisan Ekta Morcha is a farmers’ collective and its Facebook web page, lower than 5 days previous, had notched up 75,000 followers. The group collects and collates info from totally different farmers’ unions and posts them throughout social media. Its web page was restored roughly three hours later, experiences mentioned.
“Now this is #TooMuchDemocracy. A peaceful protest by #Kissan & @Facebook deletes @Kisanektamorcha Facebook page,” the farmers group tweeted. The group additionally acquired a restriction on its Instagram account, after which it was not allowed to put up movies or images. HT reached out to Facebook for remark, however didn’t obtain a direct response.
According to Baljeet Singh, the pinnacle of the group’s info expertise cell, the web page was taken down for being in violation of the social media web site’s neighborhood requirements.
“We had posted clips countering Narendra Modi’s speech from day before yesterday,” Singh instructed HT. “Each of his lies was countered with facts and examples. Subsequently, we started a live broadcast with Swaraj India’s Yogendra Yadav and in the middle of the broadcast, the page was taken down. ”
According to Bhupendra Choudhary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union, Haryana, the taking down of the Facebook web page was “shameful”. “This is not the first time Facebook has done something that explicitly favours the government,” he mentioned.