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Facebook deleted Qandeel Balouch account

24 July, 2016

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Social media sensation Qandeel Baloch, who was murdered by her brother last week, has been deleted off Facebook.

Her official page that hosted her photos and videos is no longer available, and her account on Instagram - also owned by Facebook - has been deleted.

As per Facebook policy, any personal account that belongs to a deceased individual is automatically made into a memorialized account where friends and family can share memories on the timeline.

However, "pages with a sole admin whose account was memorialized will be removed from Facebook if we receive a valid request," states Facebook's help centre.

The reason for her accounts' deletion is unknown. One plausible explanation could be that since Qandeel was the sole admin and many may have reported her accounts after her death, they were removed.

Another explanation could be that Facebook received a request for deletion of her accounts from the government; the company has, on multiple occasions removed or blocked content on requests by the state.

Qandeel Baloch's claim to fame were her risque Facebook and Instagram uploads which many found objectionable.

The 26-year-old social media star was strangled to death by her brother at her Multan residence. He was arrested by police in Dera Ghazi Khan and confessed to killing his sister in the name of 'honour'.

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