Facebook Bans Taslima Nasreen’s Account for 7 Days

Facebook Bans Taslima Nasreen’s Account for 7 Days

Facebook on Monday has banned the account of controversial writer of Bangladesh Taslima Nasreen once again for 7 days for telling the truth.

The writer in a tweet said, "Facebook has banned me for writing Islamists destroyed Bangladeshi Hindu houses & temples believing that Hindus placed Quran on Hanuman's thigh. But when it was revealed that Iqbal Hossain did that, not the Hindus, Islamists were silent, said and did nothing against Iqbal."

This is not the first time the author's account has been suspended by the social media giant.

Nasreen's account has earlier banned on March 16 this year for 24 hours.

"#Facebook banned me for 24 hrs. My crime was I liked the decision of Aarong, a Bangladeshi handicrafts store, for not hiring a Jihadi who refused to follow the rules of Aarong, to shave off his beard to work as a salesman. Islamists have been protesting against Aarong," she tweeted.

The author's Facebook account was also allegedly disabled by the social media giant in 2015.

Facebook has said an account will be banned if anybody breaches its "hate speech" policy.

According to Facebook policy, "We define hate speech as a direct attack against people – rather than concepts or institutions – on the basis of what we call protected characteristics: race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, religious affiliation, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity and serious disease."

Facebook has said that it defines attacks as 'violent or dehumanising speech, harmful stereotypes, statements of inferiority, expressions of contempt, disgust or dismissal, cursing and calls for exclusion or segregation.'

"We also prohibit the use of harmful stereotypes, which we define as dehumanising comparisons that have historically been used to attack, intimidate or exclude specific groups, and that are often linked with offline violence," it has said.

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