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9 Nov, 2021 10:52

‘Golden’ steak mystery: Facebook can’t explain block of viral hashtag

‘Golden’ steak mystery: Facebook can’t explain block of viral hashtag

Facebook has unblocked the hashtag #saltbae linked to celebrity chef Nusret Gokce. 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,” a spokesperson for Meta stated, adding that the block was global and not just for Vietnam. 

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The spokesperson declined to comment on why it may have been blocked. Over the past few days, those searching the hashtag were presented with a message saying community standards had been violated. 

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. 

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).

Many in Vietnam took to Facebook to question how Lam could have let him be filmed eating such extravagant food amid a state crackdown on corruption. 

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