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Facebook on fire over anti Kannada page

Bengaluru: A shocking online group called ‘Say No to Kannada’ created outrage on Sunday, even as requests by infuriated public started getting circulated on WhatsApp and other social media fora to help block this group.

The group, which has over 100 members, had objectionable posts opposing Kannada language. A city-based Facebook user, Chaitra Gowda, who came across the group lost no time in immediately garnering support and making people aware about the offensive group. She started a counter group stating “This group is against Say no to Kannada....” Within a few hours, this group had more than 300 members, with many more getting added by the minute. Several of them reported the group to the Facebook administration for hate speech.

On Sunday afternoon, the following message began spreading on WhatsApp: “... Request all of your to kindly report this particular group to Facebook... Kindly access this page and report as abusive group....” It may be noted that this objectionable group has been existing since 2011. Following large opposition to the group and with several Facebook users reporting the group, the link to this group was not accessible by Sunday evening. Some of the members of the group had deleted their Facebook profiles in an apparent fear of public outrage.

Going by images of the group shared by participants in the counter group, several of the members of ‘Say No to Kannada’ appeared to be college students. Some even had problems with Kannada being made the ‘first language.’

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