Photo credit: PTI / Twitter screenshot.
Several people went to Twitter calling Facebook’s move a low blow and suppressing the voices of protesting farmers. At the time of writing, the page has been restored.
- Last updated: December 21, 2020, 8:54 am IST
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Facebook accessed ‘Kisan Ekta Morcha’ Facebook page on Sunday evening, which had been removed earlier in the day.
Facebook briefly removed Kisan Ekta Morcha’s account on Sunday, where farmer groups had 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.
After the news, several people on Twitter protested the Facebook move, calling it an effective shutdown of farmers’ voices.
At the time of writing, the page has been restored.
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to New Delhi in the past three weeks calling for the laws that allow them to sell directly to private companies to be repealed.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.