This sounds funny, but Facebook has done it. The social networking giant has literally blocked over thousands of Indian accounts for using the word “chutia” in their name. For those who don’t know what the slang is – “chutia” or “chutiya” is equivalent to what is considered by many to be the most offensive word in the English language – “c***”
According to The Times of India, user accounts of the All Assam Chutia Students’ Union in India (AACSU) community on Facebook were blocked, while the the AACSU community were left confused as to why the accounts of their community members were taken offline. Although there hasn’t been any response from Facebook, the Union thinks that the Facebook Security team believes that these accounts were fake or were created in order to spread spam messages.
Addressing a press conference in Jorhat, AACSU general secretary Jyotiprasad Chutia said: “‘Facebook has blocked the accounts of all the subscribers belonging to the Chutia community of Assam thinking the names are false and fabricated. For Chutia being an abusive word in the Hindi language, Facebook authorities thought that the account holders are fake and fabricated. But, they are still unknown to the fact that Chutia is an ethnic tribe of Assam which has a rich historical background in the state history.”
According to the Wikipedia page, The Chutiya kingdom (pronounced Sutiya) was established by Birpal in 1187 in north-eastern Assam, with the capital at Sadiya. The Sutiya are an indigenous ethnic group that speak a Tibeto-Burman language. According to tradition, Birpal at first became the chief of sixty families.
The student’ protested against Facebook and burned a Facebook effigy in the five upper Assam districts of Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, Jorhat, and Golaghat on Monday and have demanded a public apology from the social networking giant.
The students not only demand for a public apology, but also expressed its intention to undertake demonstrations pressurizing the Government to accept its 26-point charter of demands. This includes the demands for “tribal status and reservation for the Chutia community in educational institutions and preservation of historic monuments of the Chutia dynasty.”
This particular photo has been shared a million times on Facebook and I’m sure most of the users have seen this –
Apart from this, there is yet another famous Facebook Page – KyaAapChutiyaHain, which is quite popular on Facebook and in India. I wonder if Facebook is going to take down this page as well.
“Chutia” is the most commonly used slang (among friends) in India. It basically refers to a fool or an idiot.
Facebook, Google+, and other social networking sites have requested new users registering for an account to use their real name. Failing to abide by this, the accounts of such users will be taken offline without any prior warning or notice.