It is important to highlight that the blocking of the #sikh hashtag came into notice at a time when a large number of Sikhs are observing the anniversary of the Operation Bluestar that happened in June 1984.
“We investigated this issue and found that these hashtags were mistakenly blocked on March 7th following a report that was inaccurately reviewed by our teams,” Instagram said in a Twitter thread while giving clarity on the #sikh hashtag blocking.
Although the block was in place for nearly three months, Facebook became aware of the issue on Wednesday, after a large number of people outraged on social media for not allowing them to use the #sikh hashtags on its platforms.
Facebook and Instagram have unblocked the hashtag #sikh and apologised for it.
“This is an incredibly important, painful time for the Sikh community,” Instagram wrote while apologising for the blocking of the #sikh hashtag.