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The Indian government says it is investigating a website that purported to offer Muslim women for sale, the second time in less than a year that a fake online auction of this kind has sparked outrage in the country, CNN Business reported.

The website was created on GitHub, an American coding platform which developers use to build and host software.

Mohammed Zubair, co-founder of Indian fact-checking website Alt News, told CNN Business that the site posted photos of 100 Muslim women, and that he had taken screenshots of all of them before they were deleted.

The page has since been removed, and there is no indication that it had any practical use beyond using a fake auction to harass and troll Muslim women.

GitHub, which is owned by Microsoft (MSFT), said it had taken down an account.

"GitHub has longstanding policies against content and conduct involving harassment, discrimination, and inciting violence," a spokesperson said. "We suspended a user account following the investigation of reports of such activity, all of which violate our policies."

 

 

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