BREAKING: The Firearm Blog DELETED From Instagram – UPDATE

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by Pete

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!

4/13/2019:

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:

Hi,

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.

Thanks,
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.

What now?

As we contemplate rebuilding a new page, consider following our staff. After all, they are the ones that do all the work around here.

Thanks for reading TFB

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https://www.instagram.com/tfbtv/p/BsoMzN9H4Es/?utm_source=ig_share_sheet&igshid=1sy5s4k46jtf9

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Matt Moss:

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https://www.instagram.com/precisionriflenetwork/

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  • Lynn Lynn on Apr 13, 2019

    While it may be possible to just pick up all your blogging and go play elsewhere, you may want to consider joining or helping expand Praeger University's lawsuit against social medai 'censorship'.

  • Spon Rilker Spon Rilker on Apr 13, 2019

    Based on how the platform works, and how often social media is used in legal cases, I'm having a hard time believing they don't have multiple backups. I would think they have incremental backups at least 1 time a day, then full back up to the last full back up at least 1 time a week.

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