‘Facebook Fascism’: Man posts ‘Kamal ka phool hamari bhool’, gets blocked
A Facebook user has claimed that the social networking site blocked his account for 30 days after he posted ‘Kamal ka phool hamari bhool’ (Our mistake, the lotus) on his page.
Mohammad Anas, a 29-year-old who works as a freelance journalist, had posted, “Vyapari apne cash memo par print karva kar janta se bata rahe hain ki BJP ko vote dekar galti ho gayi (Traders are admitting their mistake of voting for the BJP by printing this on their cash memo)” along with a photo of the receipt on Tuesday.
He told Hindustan Times that hours later, he received a notification from Facebook that said the post he had put up “did not follow” their “community standards”.
Soon after, he received another notification that said his account has been blocked for 30 days.
The photo of the cash memo, which got Anas’s account blocked, originated from Gujarat’s Surat and has been doing the rounds on social media for quite some time.
“I did not say anything on my own. I just shared a photograph and quoted what was mentioned in it. There was nothing objectionable in it,” Anas told HT, adding that this was the fourth time his account has been suspended by Facebook.
“I have never used any abusive language, nor have I abused anyone, but similar posts that were critical of the government are being removed. This is Facebook fascism,” he said.
Facebook’s blocking of Anas’s account has triggered outrage as several activists and journalists criticised the social media giant for curbing free speech.
Meanwhile, Facebook has clarified that the account was blocked as it revealed banking details of the trader.
“To protect the privacy of our community and prevent fraudulent activity our policies prohibit sharing of bank account details,” it responded.