Instagram Deletes Dozens of Accounts With Millions of Followers Without Warning

Instagram Deletes Dozens of Accounts With Millions of Followers Without Warning

Instagram recently deleted dozens of accounts, some with up to 13 million followers, in a mass purge that focused on meme accounts. The company did not give any explanation for the suspensions beyond "violations of terms of service," but there are several theories as to why the accounts were removed.

The purge angered the account owners, many of whom generated up to $200,000 a year using their accounts. One user noted that he used the accounts to fund his college education and has now been left without a source of income. Instagram did not provide any of the users with specific reasons for the suspensions, though there are a few posited theories:

  • The users were offering promotion for other users at rates below what Instagram charges, and Instagram did not want the competition.
  • The users were profiting by monetizing reposted content without obtaining permission from the original creators, although at least one account was allegedly only posting original content.
  • The users were posting inappropriate material that violated community guidelines.
  • The users were using inside connections and paying Instagram employees for favors involving their accounts, such as offering services for getting accounts verified.

Instagram has noted that there is no way for the accounts to be recovered and the decisions are final, so we'll likely never know the actual reasons for the deletions. 

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Danny Boyd's picture

Most of those meme accounts use other people's work without asking or giving credit. They should have been culled long ago.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Which ones? Could you please list them?

Steven Magner's picture

Yes, @alexander_yakimov

Alex Yakimov's picture

You funny, mate :-)
Please don't take this personally, I was not trying to offend anyone, simply curious if there is any factual information to substantiate a certain claim.
P.S. I do not own such handle, only @astraeus :-)

Adam T's picture

He's not wrong. Every major meme page is just recycling of others work. I think some were even sued over it. Here's a list of examples

@epicfunnypage
@fuckjerry
@sarcasm_only
@daquan
@thefatjewish
@lmao
@societyfeelings.
@couplesnote.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Was I implying that someone was wrong?

Adam T's picture

Yes, I would say you were.

Implying that you want to see evidence for such an easily made claim does imply that you were not only being argumentative but also not beliving their statements.

It's not like he said there are space people controlling things, he stated: "Most of those meme accounts use other people's work without asking or giving credit."

That's not a hard claim to realize if you ever used social media. You're just being a prick, and from the comments I see you posting here if I was a moderator I would ban your ass.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Hello, Adam! I see that my question really bothered you. Let me reassure you, that it was done only for factual purposes. In my opinion, the rigorous claim requires mentioning the sources. I am not familiar at all with such accounts as simple as that.
P.S. I never thanked you for providing the specifics. So, thank you, Adam.

David Love's picture

Nothing worse than seeing your work on other people's pic collection pages and them having a zillion likes. Most of the time not even crediting the person behind the original. They need to do this for all of them and I would set it up so that if a person hasn't visited your page in the last 6 months, their like vanishes. Then we can see the real numbers of influencers and people buying likes. But no, their big idea is to just hide likes on a page which is the hamster wheel that started this all.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Have you seen your work being used in an​ aforementioned way?

Alex Yakimov's picture

Sorry to hear that, David. That is quite unfortunate. Could you give some concrete examples? How did you find out those instances? What was your action afterward? Any advice?

David Love's picture

Sure just click on the tagged on your page and it shows all the pics that tagged you. Mostly I can do this with the models I shoot with and their pages because these people try and pretend they are downloading and reposting pics cause they care about sharing people. If they did they would just repost the post and not download and report to their pages. They don't moderate their pages so then you have trolls just insulting the models or writing lewd comments for fun.

https://help.instagram.com/contact/552695131608132 is to send takedowns.

David Wild's picture

Should definitely have been done a long time ago!

Alex Yakimov's picture

Why only for selected big ones? How about the "broken window" policy type of approach?

Marcus Joyce's picture

The original fuckjerry is still there

Jordan Murphy's picture

Yeah, the guidelines they violated were likely stealing peoples photos and putting lame messages on them. I know several people who run accounts that just showcase other people's photos WITHOUT any "meme" messages... JUST reposting photos. Usually those originals artists aren't given credit (let alone asked permission) and it's super annoying and yes, against Instagrams guidelines... as others have said - should have been removed a LONG time ago!

Alex Yakimov's picture

There are plenty of such accounts left, only smaller ones... It seems​ that i-gram might have used such violations as a pretext to potentially disable competition per theory #1.

Eric Mazzone's picture

Sounds like you're pissed off.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Why should I be? By many downvotes? Who's said that people should understand each other perfectly? Not at all mate.

Logan Cressler's picture

Yea, it really does sound like you are taking this too personally. Perhaps share your Instagram account?

Alex Yakimov's picture

I simply take responsibility for my words. I didn't mean to sound arrogant and cause a certain reaction, Logan.
P.S. Perhaps you should pay a closer attention to my account here: there is an Instagram handle: @astraeus

user-239119's picture

Reading comprehension is not this joker’s strong suit.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Logan, perhaps you could share your Instagram handle as well​ since your profile link isn't working.

Logan Cressler's picture

I deleted Instagram a while ago lol, no use for it and it wasn't helping my business. I only said that because in my experience when people take things very seriously, it is usually because it offended them in some way, and people are most offended when they feel like it is directed at them.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Please correct me, Logan. So that implies that you do not take things seriously in general, then you r not offended?

Logan Cressler's picture

No, it means exactly what I said, that in my experience when people take things very seriously, it is usually because it offended them in some way.

Alex Yakimov's picture

Thanks, Logan. But it seems that you are deflecting my question a bit. I was asking you about your experience with yourself taking things seriously.

Logan Cressler's picture

Yes, when I take things to seriously, it usually means that I was personally offended by it in some way. I have also found at various times that when I find myself being too angered by something that I should be more reasonable about, there are usually health reasons effecting my mental state, such as general nutrition etc....

Alex Yakimov's picture

Thanks, Logan. Interesting conversation. Are you going​ to restart your social media presence?

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