[Updated] Instagram deleting fan accounts? PewDiePie fan account with over 100k followers got deleted

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Recently, we highlighted how Instagram has now started notifying users if someone screenshots their pics in private messages (DMs). Well, the social media service is again in news. This time, we are seeing a very large number of reports that say Instagram is deleting fan accounts.

Take a look at some reports:

https://twitter.com/buteraxgab/status/1084771448785387520
https://twitter.com/ayydweeba/status/1084744013020889090
https://twitter.com/SDellaney/status/1084736689765941248
https://twitter.com/ButterPuth/status/1084255833792356352
https://twitter.com/BanditosMorph/status/1084153815643971585
https://twitter.com/leahcobbann/status/1084090705398648834

There are many user reports saying this is just a wild rumor or FUD, but several others have personally confirmed their account recently got deleted.

https://twitter.com/starsmalec/status/1084766984397574144
https://twitter.com/tshollanderr/status/1084358243197939714
https://twitter.com/_JennAllison/status/1084295164787490817
https://twitter.com/chelsss15112/status/1084280956050001920

Perhaps the biggest causality as of now is a PewDiePie fan account dubbed ‘classicpewds’. Here’s a recent post from Nat – the person behind the account – from her backup account ‘classic.pewds’:

classicpewds-deleted-insta

The account had over 100,000 followers (including PewDiePie himself), and now if you try accessing it, you can’t.

classic-pewds-1

classic-pewds-2

A lot of people have come in support of this account, and are trying to get it to PewDiePie’s attention.

https://twitter.com/VoidLachy/status/1084753265101848576
https://twitter.com/madical666/status/1084687991287644160
https://twitter.com/softiemads/status/1084625986258456576

PLEASE READ: There was this pewdiepie editing account called classic.pewds but out of no where instagram deleted her account for no reason over 3 years of work 100k+ followers AND PEWDIEPIE FOLLOWED all gone in an instant we need to show this to felix and help her get her account back! from PewdiepieSubmissions

It’ll be interesting to see whether or not PewDiePie comes to rescue of this account. Meanwhile, people are sharing information about Instagram accounts that have been built with the purpose of reporting other accounts, and even managing to get many accounts deleted.

https://twitter.com/heyputh/status/1084267479734591492

As of now, we couldn’t find any word from Instagram on this. We’ll update the story as and when we receive more information on the matter. Until then, use the comments section below to share your Instagram experience with us.

Update (January 15)

As you might already know, a picture of an egg recently became the most like photo on Instagram. It does look like that Instagram egg has inspired a Twitter egg, which now wants to become the most retweeted tweet on Twitter. Check out details here.

Update (January 16)

Nat’s backup account (classic.pewds) has also been deleted by Instagram. She is now urging followers to get the culprit deleted from Instagram. Meanwhile, social media star Zach Clayton has called out Instagram over fan accounts deletion. All this and more in our latest coverage here.

Update (February 13)

It looks like the Facebook-owned social media company is now going after spam, bot, or inactive accounts as a lot of users – including celebs like Ariana Grande and James Charles – have recently lost of a significant number of followers. Details in our recent coverage here.

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