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Twitter was flooded with #BoycottFacebook trend after the social media giant removed Hindu Janajagruti Samiti’s ‘Hindu Adhiveshan’, Sanatan Prabhat’s ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ and ‘Sanatan Shop’ pages, according to Sanatan Prabhat's website.

In September 2020, Facebook quietly banned three pages of the Sanatan Sanstha that had about 70,000 followers. The company conveyed its decision and reasoning in an email to an administrator of one of the pages, who was also banned, the TIME’s report said. “We don’t allow credible threats to harm others, support for violent organizations, or exceedingly graphic content on Facebook,” the email, which was seen by TIME, said.

According to a report by TIME, Facebook allowed a Hindu extremist group to operate openly on its platform for months, even after the company banned the group’s main pages for violating its policies. The pages often shared identical posts, including misinformation and hate speech targeting Muslims, and regularly linked back to websites maintained by the Sanatan Sanstha.

But according to Sanatan Prabhat's website, a report dating on June 16 reveals that the social media networking site removed ‘Sanatan Prabhat’ and ‘Sanatan Shop’ pages completely, disrupting the right wing followers. Earlier, the newspaper and online shop, along with a dozen of pages carrying the branding of its sister organisation, the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) had escaped the ban.

With fresh ban on the right wing pages, #BoycottFacebook has also started dominating Twitter trends, with people questioning the deep rooted conspiracy by the social media giant.

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