Without any warning, the social media platform Instagram has deleted The Firearm Blog’s account and all its contents. While the exact reason for the removal is unknown, it doesn’t take a modern-day Sherlock Holmes to make a few basic deductions. TFB’s account was nothing but images of guns and gear. We didn’t post nudity, profanity, incite violence or law breaking or illegal content of any kind. We never paid for followers or abused our account. Ever. Yet The Firearm Blog was deleted from Instagram.
Update: We’re Back!
With the support of some friends who wish to remain anonymous, our original Instagram account has been restored. The firearms industry network is incredible and we are truly grateful.
BREAKING: The Firearm Blog DELETED From Instagram
But surely there has to be an appeals process? There is a process to appeal disabled accounts. But evidently not deleted accounts:
The account you’re referring to has been removed. We’re unable to restore accounts that have been permanently deleted. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this causes.
The Instagram Team
“What’s the big deal? It’s just pictures!”
In one sense, that statement is correct: TFB’s Instagram was just a six-year photo album chronicling the happenings of TFB stories and staff. But on the other hand, Instagram was a quick way for our 45,000 followers and fans to keep up to date with our latest reviews and editorials.
In the grander scheme of things, it’s concerning that pictures of firearms are so scary that private companies with virtual monopolies can decide what should be censored and what remains. A stroll through the halls of either Facebook or Instagram will lead you content that is much more shocking than James in a Speedo with his Hi-Point. Um, maybe that’s a bad example.
As we contemplate rebuilding a new page, consider following our staff. After all, they are the ones that do all the work around here.
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