Facebook, Instagram Unblock ‘Sikh’ Hashtag After Three Months


In March 2020, #Sikh was blocked from both Instagram and Facebook and now it has been unblocked by the social media platforms. Facebook and Instagram have said that the hashtag was blocked by mistake after an inaccurate review of a report in March.

As mentioned by Engadget, Instagram has also cleared it out that the company came to know about the blocked hashtag on June 3, 2020, and it soon investigated the whole scenario. However, Facebook took a few hours more for unblocking the hashtag as compared to Instagram.

Previously, when anyone searched the #Sikh, a message was displayed that said “Posts for this hashtag are temporarily hidden because of unusual activity that may not meet Instagram’s Community Guidelines.” A lot of users showed their rage on Twitter and said that Facebook is against the free speech of people.

Instagram’s Reply

Further, in the tweets, the official Instagram handle said that they became aware of the block only when someone tweeted the same and mentioned them.

The platform assured the people that they will review their own filtering policies and will try to avoid any incidents like this in the future.

Other Incidents Apart From Instagram #Sikh Block

Instagram ran into another bug in which some posts with #blacklivesmatter displayed the message “Action blocked” when users tried sharing them This has happened for the second time in a week due to Instagram’s spam detection system. A lot of users were unable to post or put up a story using the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.

However, the company said that it addressed the issue and minimized the number of users who saw the action blocked message while using the hashtag.

Nishit Raghuwanshi

Nishit Raghuwanshi

A Journalism grad from Lucknow who loves writing tech news. Interested in the latest smartphones, apps, mobile gaming, and general tech. When he’s not busy covering tech developments, you can find him writing or performing rap somewhere in Delhi.
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