Facebook on Sunday blocked the page of Kisan Ekta Morcha’s page saying that it had gone ‘against the Community Standards on spam.’ Kisan Ekta Morcha’s page was also suspended on Facebook-owned platform Instagram. However, faced with widespread criticism, the social media giant restored the page expressing regrets for its earlier decision.
Kisan Ekta Morcha had taken to Twitter to express its outrage as it wrote, “This is what they can do when people raise their voices…….When they can’t beat us ideologically……. #DigitalKisan #SuppressingTheVoiceOfDissent”
जो अम्बानी “किसान का पेज” नही छोड रहे वो “किसान का खेत” कैसे छोड़ेंगे ।
— Kisan Ekta Morcha (@KisanEktaMarch) December 20, 2020
Many on Twitter felt that Facebook’s decision was not shocking since farmers were protesting against the Farm Laws that appeared to benefit big corporate friends of the government including Mukesh Ambani. Facebook has invested billions of dollars in Ambani’s Reliance Jio.
The page was banned soon after a live broadcast by Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav.
Soon, hashtag #ShameOnFacebook began to trend nationally on Twitter.
LIVE UPDATES on today’s big stories will appear below:
18:21 PM: Cracking the whip on the adulterators of consumable items, the #MadhyaPradesh government has slapped the stringent National Security Act (NSA) against 11 adulterators and registered FIRs against 60 others. (IANS)
17:36 PM: Farmer leaders say they are always ready for dialogue as long as government is offering a ‘concrete solution’, claim there is nothing new in Centre’s latest letter to them seeking a date for next round of talks. (PTI)
15:23 PM: The Allahabad High Court has issued notices to two IAS officers for allegedly ignoring the SC/ST Act provisions while providing monetary help to the victims of the 2017 #Saharanpur riots. (IANS)
15:29 PM: Veteran Congress leader Moti Lal Vora has passed away at the age of 93
14:26 PM: The government is fully alert, there is no reason to panic: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on new strain of coronavirus in UK. (PTI)
14:05 PM: We’ll go & meet those farmers’ groups who’re supporting the Centre on 3 Farm laws. We’ll take information from them about how they’re benefitting from Farm law & will learn the technology, which they’re using to sell their crops: Rakesh Tikait, Spokesperson, Bhartiya Kisan Union. (ANI)
13:58 PM: I have been to Uttarakhand a few times and have met people there. They have complaint that State CM Trivendra Singh Rawat hasn’t done anything. They are calling him ‘zero work Chief Minister’: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. (ANI)
13:32 PM: West Bengal: BJP MP Saumitra Khan’s wife Sujata Mondal Khan joins Trinamool Congress in Kolkata. (ANI)
13:17 PM: The first quarter of this year was the worst as GDP was adversely hit. However, we made a comeback in second-quarter & we hope that in the remaining two quarters as well, the balance of recovery will be maintained: Anand Sharma, former Commerce minister & Congress leader. (ANI)
India has increased its infrastructure & I congratulate Central & state governments for it as they worked together for it. The country stood in the face of this crisis: Anand Sharma, former Commerce minister & Congress leader https://t.co/OhMnd2Xyxu
— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2020
12:23 PM: With 24,367 new #coronavirus infections and 333 deaths in the past 24 hours, #India’s overall tally stood at 10,055,560 on Monday, while the death toll touched 1,45,810, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. (IANS)
11:43 AM: Actor Arjun Rampal reaches Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in Mumbai, Maharashtra. He has summoned by the agency to appear before it for questioning in a drug case. (ANI)
10:58 AM: Delhi HC declines Future Retail Ltd’s plea for interim order injuncting Amazon from writing to authorities about arbitral award. (PTI)
09:21 AM: Active COVID-19 cases in country stand at 3,03,639 while 96,06,111 people have recovered from the disease so far:Union Health Ministry. (PTI)
09:32 AM: Delhi: As farmers’ protest against Centre’s three farm laws enters 26th day at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), farmers say they’ll sit on relay hunger strike from today. (ANI)
Delhi: As farmers' protest against Centre's three farm laws enters 26th day at Singhu border (Delhi-Haryana border), farmers say they'll sit on relay hunger strike from today
"Everyday 11 farmers will sit on hunger strike for 24 hours," says Balwant Singh, Secretary, BKU Punjab pic.twitter.com/hHarNjpRNE
— ANI (@ANI) December 21, 2020
08:54 AM: Six pubs and bars in Indore have been sealed till 31st December. Many illegal activities were taking place at these places and COVID-19 norms were being violated: Akshay Singh, Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Indore. (ANI)