Facebook unblocked #saltbae, a hashtag that was linked to Nusret Gokce celebrity chef. The ban coincided with video of a top Vietnamese communist figure eating a ‘golden’ steak in Gokce’s notoriously expensive restaurant going viral.
On Tuesday, Facebook operator Meta told Reuters that ‘#saltbae’ was now functioning again after it was blocked globally. “We’ve unblocked this hashtag on Facebook and we’re investigating why this happened,”Meta spokesperson stated that the block is not limited to Vietnam, but was worldwide.
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However, the spokesperson refused to speculate on why it was blocked. The hashtag was searched over several days and users were shown a message that stated community standards had been broken.
The blocking of the hashtag, which relates to celebrity chef Nusret Gokce, came amid intense scrutiny levied at Vietnam’s minister of public security, To Lam. A video of the senior Vietnamese communist being fed a gold-encrusted steak had been posted on Gokce’s TikTok account at this London restaurant, prompting widespread criticism in Vietnam.
Vietnamese Minister of Public Security To Lam stopped for a steak at the famous Nusr-Et steakhouse while visiting the U.K. for the Glasgow climate conference and was hand-fed by “Salt Bae” internet star Turkish celebrity chef Nusret Gökçe.https://t.co/iCkL4jUm2Spic.twitter.com/XhuvFjrakg
— Radio Free Asia (@RadioFreeAsia) November 5, 2021
Lam, 64, had been in the UK for the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, but seemingly could not resist a visit to Gokce’s notoriously expensive Knightsbridge restaurant where some steaks can set customers back £1,450 ($1,960).
In Vietnam, many people took to social media to ask Lam how he could be allowed to eat such lavish food during a crackdown on corruption.
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