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Instagram blocks #sikh hashtag for the second time

Some Twitter users reported that Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram temporarily blocked the hashtag #sikh, according to Gadgets 360.

This marks the second time this has happened. Earlier this year, both Instagram and Facebook blocked the hashtag, later calling it a mistake, News18 reports.

According to Gadgets 360, Instagram showed users a “posts hidden” error. It stated, “To make sure only the most relevant posts are shown, we’ve hidden some posts that may be private or low quality.”

A Facebook spokesperson later confirmed with Gadgets 360 that the hashtag was removed due to reports that it violated the platform’s community guidelines. Additionally, it has now been unlocked, showing about 2.5 million posts.

“The #sikh hashtag was temporarily blocked because of multiple reports from the community for violations of our Community Guidelines,” a spokesperson stated. “It has now been unblocked.”

Some users on Twitter noted that the blocking of the hashtag occurred amid an ongoing farmer’s protest, News18 reports.

Sikh farmers have protested in India’s capital in the last few days, peacefully demanding an end to agricultural legislation that favor large corporations over everyday farmers. Critics accuse the government of responding to the protest with violence, the Hindustan Times reports.

In addition to #sikh, Facebook was also seen blocking Instagram messages containing the hashtag #blacklivesmatter earlier this year.

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