Facebook, Instagram block handles of Chinar Corps, no response from company in over a week, say officials

By | February 8, 2022

Social media platforms Facebook and Instagram have blocked the handles of Chinar Corps. Meta, the company which owns both platforms, has not responded to official query in this regard in over a week, officials said.

Facebook and Instagram have blocked handles of Chinar Corps

Indian Army’s Srinagar-based Chinar Corps is awaiting a response from Facebook and Instagram after their handles were blocked on January 28, officials said.

“We reached out to them soon after the handles were blocked. But we haven’t got any response yet,” said an official.

The Facebook handle was blocked at around 2.20 PM followed by Instagram at around 5.15 PM.

Chinar Corps has 24,399 Facebook followers and 43,410 followers on Instagram.

Officials said it seems to be case of mass reporting. The Twitter handle is safe since it is verified with a blue tick, they said.

Chinar Corps is a crucial formation of the Indian Army, based in Srinagar, responsible for guarding the Line of Control and anti-terror operations in the mainland.

Information related to anti-terror operation and other events and activities of the army is put out on social media handles of the Corps to reach out to civilian population in the conflict zone.

Officials said, on January 26, the social media handles were extensively used to showcase the Republic Day celebrations in the Valley. “We put out pictures and videos of celebrations all across,” said an official.

The timing of the blocking soon after Republic Day is being linked to Pakistani handles reporting them, officials said.

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