Facebook blocks Kisan’s Ekta Morcha account, citing “community standards for spam”

Kisan Ekta Morcha's Facebook page had more than 7 lakh followers.

Kisan Ekta Morcha’s Facebook page had more than 7 lakh followers.

The site had more than 7 lakh followers. The account was removed shortly after Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav announced on live video that farmers would hold a relay hunger strike on Monday, according to the protesting unions.

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Social media giant Facebook briefly removed Kisan Ekta Morcha’s report on Sunday, in which farmers groups posted updates on their ongoing agitation against the center’s new agricultural marketing laws.

A screenshot tweeted by the group showed that the page was removed from Facebook, citing “community standards for spam”. The site had more than 7 lakh followers. The account was removed shortly after Swaraj India leader Yogendra Yadav announced on live video that farmers would hold a relay hunger strike on Monday, according to the protesting unions. The Facebook page was later restored, reports say.

Farmers groups have also urged the public to pop “thalis” and paraphernalia during the Mann ki Baat radio address of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday Coronavirus Outbreak in India in March.

Tens of thousands of farmers have blocked roads leading to New Delhi in the past three weeks calling for the laws that allow them to sell directly to private companies to be repealed. The government says the change is needed to increase farm yields and improve storage and other infrastructure. But farmers, mostly from the northern agricultural states of Punjab and Haryana, fear that private companies will eventually dictate conditions and that the government will stop buying grains like wheat and rice from them at a guaranteed minimum price.

After a number of previous meetings with ministers, the protesters have stated that an official repeal of the three laws will be enough to change their position.

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