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Facebook Unblocks ‘#Saltbae’ Hashtag Amid Golden Steak Video Controversy

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Celebrity chef Nusret Gokce’s London restaurant sells steaks up to 1,450 pounds. (To file)

Facebook’s parent company said on Tuesday it unblocked the hashtag for celebrity chef Nusret Gokce’s nickname “#saltbae” after discovering the tag was blocked around the world days after a video of Gokce was posted online giving a gold encrusted steak to a top Vietnamese Communist official. Party official in London.

“We have unblocked this hashtag on Facebook and are investigating why it happened,” a spokesperson for operator Facebook Meta told Reuters, confirming that the tag had been blocked for all Facebook users worldwide. , not just in Vietnam.

It was not immediately clear why the tag was blocked, and the spokesperson declined to comment on the potential reasons.

While blocked, a search for the hashtag generated a message indicating that community standards had been violated.

During a hearing in the US Congress earlier this year, Meta chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said artificial intelligence plays a major role in “content moderation”, responsible for removing more than 90% content deemed contrary to Facebook guidelines.

The video, originally posted on Gokce’s official TikTok account, showed Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam filmed last week eating a gold leaf encrusted steak by celebrity chef Instagram – often pictured seasoning and slicing chunks of meat in a theatrical way – at his London Restaurant, where a steak sells for as much as 1,450 pounds ($ 1,960).

Lam, 64, was in Britain on a visit by senior Vietnamese officials to the United Nations climate conference, COP26, in Glasgow.

But footage of him chewing on golden beef has caused a stir both online and offline in Vietnam, with many wondering how such a high-ranking Party official allowed himself to be caught on camera engaging in sexual abuse. food at such a high price in the midst of state repression. on corruption.

In a post on Facebook, user Nguyen Lan Thang, with nearly 150,000 followers, changed his profile picture to a screenshot of the video and pointed out that local media had been silent on the incident.

“Security officers following this account, have you seen the video of Minister To Lam eating corned beef?” Do you know how many months of salary you would have to spend on just one piece of that steak? Thang wrote in a single post.

We didn’t know who paid for the meal.

To Lam did not respond to a request for comment, nor did the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, which handles requests from foreign media.

The original video was removed from Gokce’s TikTok account shortly after it was uploaded, and other copies were removed from the app for violating “community standards,” Vietnamese TikTok users told Reuters.

TikTok and Gokce declined to comment.

“It’s not unusual for a government official to be super rich in Vietnam, but a minister seen opening his mouth wide to bite a golden steak is shameful,” said a customer at a cafe in northern Vietnam who said. declined to be named, citing security concerns. .m

Vietnam is defined as a lower middle income country by the World Bank. A minister in the country receives an official monthly salary of around 16 million dong ($ 705.47).

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Vietnam regularly asks social media companies to censor content it deems “anti-state”.

Vietnam last year threatened to shut down Facebook in the country if it didn’t remove more local political content from its platform. Facebook declined to say whether the Vietnamese government had requested the removal of the video.

Vietnam operates one of the largest and most sophisticated online influence networks in Southeast Asia.

Earlier this year, Facebook said it had removed certain groups identified by Reuters as part of a government influence operation to “coordinate attempts to mass report content.”

To Lam is one of Vietnam’s most powerful officials, his ministry containing both Vietnamese police and agencies tasked with suppressing dissent and investigating corruption.

He had been presented as a potential candidate for the presidency of the state during the January leadership reshuffle and, in his capacity as Minister of Security, worked to arrest Vietnamese officials accused of corruption and outright demonstrations opulence.

Earlier last week, To Lam led a delegation of officials to Karl Marx’s grave to “remember the source of the water we drink,” state media in the Communist-led country reported, citing a Vietnamese proverb about respect.

“General To Lam’s visit to Karl Marx’s grave affirms the tradition of the Vietnamese people of” remembering the source of the water we drink “for those figures who have helped lead a dominated and suppressed nation “said the official spokesperson for the Ministry of Security.

(This story was not edited by DAILYNEWSCATCH staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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