Facebook faces criticism after sensoring, blocking, removing Kashmir related posts

Facebook Removes Kashmir Related Posts by Hamza Ali Abbasi and Dozens Others

hamza-abbasi-kashmir-postFacebook, the largest social network, is now under fire after censoring, blocking and even removing content which is about Pro-Kashmir.

In a recent update, the social network has removed a post of a famous Pakistani actor, Hamza Ali Abbasi in which he raised voice against Indian Army’s cruelty in Occupied Kashmir and pointed the killing of Burhan Wani, the actor tweeted later.

About two weeks ago, Burhan Wani was killed by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. The killing ignited and protests started all over Kashmir as well as around the globe in favour.

A really severe crackdown by Indian forces was initiated on the order of Indian Government which consumed at least 40 people’s lives and over a thousand were injured by the Indian Army while the valley is still under curfew.

It’s not the only case, Facebook has been reported by dozens of other people, not only from occupied Kashmir but from around the globe, that they got their facebook status removed when they posted about the current happening by Indian Army in the valley.

“There are no papers and we only get two TV news channels,”

said Zargar Yasir, a Kashmiri blogger and PhD student whose account was blocked for more than a week, with some posts removed when he linked his blogpost about Wani.

Huma Dar, a Kashmiri academic in California also found here profile deleted after she posted images of Wani’s funeral. saying

“The day that Burhan was killed, I got messages from friends in India saying some of their photos had been deleted. I thought it had something to do with the Indian government. I live a mile and a half away from Facebook’s headquarters in America; I never thought it would happen to me.”

In fact Rizwan Sajid got his account blocked only for changing his profile picture to of Burhan Wani. He said that Facebook’s actions amounted to Islamophobia.

“Why is it that only Muslims get blocked? Facebook is being one-sided by supporting the atrocities committed by the Indian army. Other people can say whatever they want, but if Muslims say something, we get blocked. It is not neutral.”

“Kashmir is the way. Kashmir is the future. Let a thousand Kashmirs bloom” – Kuffir Nalgundwar posted in favour of Kashmiri people and also got his post removed.