In the wake of alternative news outlet critical of the BJP Government, the news portals like The Wire and You Tubers like Dhruv Rathee have positioned themselves as voices of secular India that refuse to bow down to the curb of expression in present day India. Dhruv Rathee, an engineering student in Germany had started making videos on You Tube and soon became a known voice of reason and dissent.
Recently, one of his Facebook posts came under the wrath of Facebook as it was taken down and he was banned from posting for the next 30 days. It was a post that contained screenshots of excerpts sourced from Britannica on the Life and rise of Adolf Hitler. Soon he was notified by Facebook, that his post went against Community Guidelines.
Dhruv later tweeted :
“Today, @Facebook banned my account for 30 days.
What a coincidence that elections are 30 days away also and what a coincidence that my engagement rates are one of the biggest in India, competing with BJP’s top propaganda pages, including Modi’s official page.”
He considered this to be a politically motivated decision given how the elections are approaching.
But soon Facebook apologised to him on the decision and rescinded the block on his account.