Instagram meme pages unionize as they claim the site profits from their work but offers no security

Mail Online | 4/17/2019 | Annie Palmer For
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The Instagram accounts behind many of the app's viral joke posts are seizing 'the memes of production.'

Account owners are banding together to establish a new labor union - dubbed, appropriately, the 'IG Meme Union Local 69-420,' according to the Atlantic.

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The collective has yet to become recognized by the National Labor Relations Board, but it's taking on the role of a traditional labor union.

Anyone who is interested in joining the union can sign up through an online form.

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The page details how the union can step in on behalf of users when Instagram takes unfair actions against an account, like deactivating or shadowbanning.

'The purpose of this union is to allow for solidarity actions when pages we love are deactivated, shadowbanned, or otherwise messed with by Instagram,' the site states.

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'All other decisions will be made by the memebership and the organizing committee.

'Currently the only requirements for memebership are filling out this form,' it continues.

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Its 'memebers' argue that popular meme accounts bring in significant revenue for Instagram, yet lack any safeguards or recognition for their work.

'People are doing a lot of work, doing it for free or little compensation, or not recognized for the work they're doing,' Paul Praindo, a representative of the union's organizing committee, told the Atlantic.

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'All these people are bringing revenue to Instagram, producing this major profit margin for this company, and they're subject to really little job security.'

The union's goal...
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