Facebook under fire for briefly deleting photo of gay Sikh Kanwar Saini kissing another man during Section 377 protest, sparks social media uproar

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 1:37pm IST Updated: Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 1:46pm IST | Place: Canada | Agency: dna Web Team
Facebook reinstated the photograph after 12 hours.

Kanwar Saini aka Sikh Knowledge's photo kissing Shazad Syed Hai on Facebook was deleted briefly by the social media giant causing a stir among the gay community.

Syed and Kanwar were photographed locking lips during the Global Day of Rage-Toronto: Against the Re-criminalization of Homosexuality in India rally in Canada on December 15.

Both men were present there to raise awareness for India's recent decision to re-criminalize homosexuality.

The picture posted on December 15 and was deleted the next day after the photograph received mixed comments, claims a report on Buzzfeed. His photo received over 1000 likes and more than 80 shares.

Facebook later told Buzzfeed that the photo was 'mistakenly removed'.

There have been protests not only in India but across the world against the Supreme Court's ruling last week. The issue is being raised heavily on social media to garner support and voice opinion. Facebook and Twitter are the most popular social media platforms to reach out to maximum people and get feedback instantly.

Kanwar, refusing to give up, shifted his focus to Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr where he posted the same photograph and questioned Facebook's screening policy. Facebook reinstated the photograph after 12 hours.

Kanwar feels that some hater might have flagged the photo and Facebook auto-deleted it. He tweeted saying, "I cant even communicate with my fans on Facebook...You guys need to stop this automated post deletion and use some of your dollars to hire a screener."

Recently, even Twitter was under the scanner for deleting political cartoons on Kapil Sibal and Rahul Gandhi.

This incident created a huge uproar on social media:

Kanwar has been actively protesting against SC's ruling India against homosexuality.




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