Facebook and Instagram Seen Blocking #Sikh Hashtag Yet Again for Some Users

Facebook and Instagram Seen Blocking #Sikh Hashtag Yet Again for Some Users

Instagram seems to have blocked the hashtag #Sheikh on its platform for a short time, with some users complaining on Twitter. After several months on Facebook and Instagram, the #sikh hashtag was banned for many users. At the time, Instagram responded to user complaints and said the said hashtag had been "unfairly blocked" in early March.

As per the user reports, the #sikh hashtag isn't searchable on Instagram. Some users have also reported that the blocking is in place on Facebook as well.

Gadgets 360 was able to independently verify the user reports about the blocking of the #sikh hashtag. The app was initially showing a “posts hidden” error that read, “To make sure only the most relevant posts are shown, we've hidden some posts that may be private or low quality.” However, shortly after it was raised by some users, Instagram started showing a handful of posts.

Searching for the #sikh hashtag on Instagram showed that there were over 2.5 million posts on the platform with the same hashtag.

Gadgets 360 reached out to both Instagram and Facebook for a comment on the matter.

A Facebook spokesperson responded to Gadgets 360 to say that the the #sikh hashtag was temporarily blocked because of reports from the community for violations its Community Guidelines; and confirmed that the hashtag has now been unlocked.

It was unblocked shortly after several users reported the issue on social media. In June, Facebook and Instagram were spotted blocking the #sikh hashtag on their platforms. Instagram also apologize for the action and stated that the hashtag was “mistakenly blocked” on March 7 after receiving a report that “was accurately reviewed” by its teams.“Our processes fell down here, and we're sorry,” Instagram had said.

Aside from censoring content carrying the #sikh hashtag, Facebook earlier this year was also seen blocking messages on Instagram that included the hashtag #blacklivesmatter.