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Instagram, Facebook unblock #sikh hashtag, says it was a mistake

Instagram said it had “mistakenly blocked” the #sikh hashtag from its platform and Facebook in early March.

Instagram unblocked the hashtag following outrage from users.
Instagram unblocked the hashtag following outrage from users. (Pexels)

Facebook and Instagram have unblocked the #sikh hashtag from its platforms. This particular hashtag was mistakenly blocked in early March, according to Facebook.

Instagram announced on Twitter that users can now use the #sikh hashtag. It also apologised and based on their investigation found that it was “mistakenly blocked”.

“Thanks for your patience today. We investigated this issue and found that these hashtags were mistakenly blocked on March 7th following a report that was inaccurately reviewed by our teams,” Instagram said.

Instagram however did not clarify exactly why the hashtag was removed and explain the “unusual activity” this particular hashtag was associated with. The hashtag has been blocked for three months now but Instagram came to know about it only now.

We became aware that these hashtags were blocked today following feedback we received from the community, and quickly moved to unblock them. Our processes fell down here, and we’re sorry,” it added.

Many people took to Twitter sharing their outrage over the hashtag being blocked. This incident was highlighted even more as this month marks the anniversary of Operation Blue Star. The action was more specifically taken after Rupi Kaur called out the company to which Instagram head Adam Mosseri replied, Gadgets360 reported.

Instagram also acknowledged that it is an important time for Sikhs right now and that it wasn;t their “intention to silence the voices of this community”. But the outrage hasn’t ended as people still want a proper explanation from Instagram on why this even happened in the first place.

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