The mystery of the communist, the golden steak and the blocked hashtag

Why did top Vietnamese official let himself be filmed guzzling a R30,000 treat? And why did Facebook block the footage?

09 November 2021 - 20:11 By James Pearson

Facebook’s parent company said on Tuesday it had unblocked the hashtag for celebrity chef Nusret Gokce’s nickname “#saltbae”, having found the tag had been blocked globally days after a video was posted online of Gokce feeding a gold-encrusted steak to a senior Vietnamese Communist Party official in London.

“We’ve unblocked this hashtag on Facebook and we’re investigating why this happened,” a spokesperson for Facebook operator Meta said, confirming the tag had been blocked for all Facebook users around the world, not just in Vietnam...

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