Instagram Mysteriously Purges Popular Meme Pages

NewsBusters | 8/2/2019 | Staff
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Instagram has gone to war with meme pages. The reason why is unclear.

“Instagram seems to have purged most of the top meme accounts on the platform,” according to Insider. Reports indicate that pages with hundreds of thousands to millions of followers were suddenly purged on July 25 and 26.

YouTuber - Speech - Advocate - Tim - Pool

YouTuber and free speech advocate Tim Pool theorized in his video “The Great Meme PURGE Is Upon Us, Instagram BANNED 30+ Accounts” that this may be a calculated move ahead of the 2020 election.

He commented that Trump was not supposed to win the 2016 election, but the unexpected power of meme pages, dominated by anti-establishment conservative creators, undermined mainstream media. “Facebook’s actually banned some of the highest profile Trump supporters” he observed. “Action is being taken to get rid of things that were beneficial to Trump. These meme accounts, we’re talking about 30+ million followers across all these accounts, wiped out in the past couple days.”

Trump - Wake - Call - Powers - Internet

“I think Trump was a wake up call for the big powers they realized the internet has given too much power to too many people”

According to the unnamed meme-maker who ran the "@spicy.mp4" and "@memeextraordinaire" Instagram pages, the accounts reached tens of millions of followers. Insider also noted that “users who ran the accounts have already lost out on hundreds of thousands of dollars in combined income.”

Page - Manager - Caige - Insider - Instagram

One 18-year old-meme page manager named Caige told Insider that he did not violate any of Instagram’s terms of service, but rather "they are just finding an excuse to eliminate the meme pages."

His tweet responding to his ban by Instagram read ”@instagram you just deleted all of my accounts for absolutely no reason, no warning, and no context behind this. (30 million+ followers worth of accounts deleted in 24 hours).”

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It is unclear if this latest action was politically based....
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