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Information Blackout: Facebook removes pro-Kashmir posts, user-profiles

July 19, 2016 | By

Srinagar/ Jalandhar: The Indian State has imposed strict information blackout on Kashmir in the aftermath of Burhan Wani’s encounter killing by Indian forces. The mobile and internet serves were stopped in Kashmir valley on the day of Burhan Wani’s killing and the restrictions still continue. The government has also banned publication and distribution of newspapers in the valley.

As per recent media reports the Facebook users posting “pro-Kashmir” updates have accused the social media giant of censoring their content and disabling their accounts on the ground that they violated “community standards”.

[File Photos]

[File Photos]

A number of users including a local English daily posted screenshots of the Facebook messages informing the netizens their posts have been removed for violating Facebook’s “Community Standards.” Users keeping militant Burhan Wani’s photos as profile pictures also complained the social media website had taken down the pictures.

A video of Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Geelani’s arrest by the police last Wednesday posted by a local daily Kashmir Monitor was removed for violation. “The day after we uploaded the video a message was received the video has been removed. It was surprising because this has never happened before,” said Mubashir Bukhari, a journalist with the paper.

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