[Updated] Social media star Zach Clayton calls out Instagram over fan accounts deletion
There are new updates that have been added at the bottom of this story…
A couple of days back, we highlighted how Instagram is allegedly deleting fan accounts, and of course, users are not happy about it. The biggest example we cited was that of Nat (classicpewds on Instagram), who owned a PewDiePie fan account with more than 100k followers.
Nat’s account got deleted a few days back.
Here’s a recent post from Nat – the person behind the account – from her backup account ‘classic.pewds’:
What came to light is there are Instagram accounts that have been built with the sole purpose of reporting other/fan accounts, and have even managed to get many fan accounts deleted.
there’s that acc on instagram that reports every fan pages for no reason and instagram has taken down fan accounts of you, one by one!!!
that’s really horrible 🙁
please help us, is there a solution to get their acc back and stop taking down fan pages? pic.twitter.com/Iwp6zami88
— haya® | cpf♛ (@heyputh) January 13, 2019
It was one such account – reportingfanaccountslol – that got Nat’s account deleted. The editor took to Twitter to urge followers to report the account to Instagram. Here’s her tweet:
I can’t believe has the heart to do such a thing but please go report this account, DO NOT COMMENT NOR INTERACT JUST REPORT THEM. They might delete your account ! Please and thank you so much for everything!!
I can't believe has the heart to do such a thing but please go report this account, DO NOT COMMENT NOR INTERACT JUST REPORT THEM. They might delete your account ! Please and thank you so much for everything!! pic.twitter.com/AkONsQk7PJ
— Nat (@classicpewds_) January 15, 2019
Of course, many of Nat’s followers went ahead and reported the account.
Did it chief pic.twitter.com/Kjgs8YBWuB
— Hayami (@__hayami_) January 15, 2019
I reported them already bub! they make me sick to the stomach
— Phoebe (: (@cutewillne) January 15, 2019
I reported and blocked a ton of accounts like that, there’s just too many of them and no one is safe. Instagram reviewed one account and said that they don’t violate their terms of service.
— 𝓶𝓲𝓻𝓮𝓪 🕊 🇧🇦 (@heyyitsmirea) January 15, 2019
I’ve reported them and many others. I hate people who would do this. Sending all of my love.
— Stephew CordatoPatrick stands with Matt forever (@stephewcordypat) January 15, 2019
I hope they get deleted but i think they will just create another account… pic.twitter.com/5xOj4uzN3M
— lumsi (@lumsisdreams) January 15, 2019
However, the account is still there. Meaning, Instagram hasn’t taken it down yet. In fact, if you take a look at the posts on that account, you’ll see they have managed to get Nat’s backup Instagram account (classic.pewds) deleted as well.
Zach Clayton highlights the matter
Looks like influencers have started bringing this whole fan accounts deletion to light. Social media star Zach Clayton – who goes by badzachx on Instragram, and has close to 2.5 million followers – took to Twitter to call out Instagram over this.
Instagram gotta chill with this deleting fan accounts mess
instagram gotta chill with this deleting fan accounts mess
— BadZach (@BadZach) January 16, 2019
It’s not known whether Zach personally knows someone whose fan account got deleted, or he made the statement based on all the reports that have been pouring in for last week or so.
Anyway, it’s good social media celebs have started discussing this, as there are now chances that we will get a word from Instagram itself over this whole issue.
Meanwhile, users are super annoyed with Instagram. Take a look:
I was 12 followers away from 10k
— Miriam (@xobbgxo13) January 16, 2019
my account literally just got deleted and it had 54k+ followers and i’m literally crying.
— eli (@shylaseaveys) January 16, 2019
https://t.co/SkPINk39Wx this one was mine. i cant even explain this rn.
— eli (@shylaseaveys) January 16, 2019
Their are accounts that are reporting them for no reason🙄
— kayla (@kayla89843359) January 16, 2019
yeah. a lot of my friends got deleted
— 🎗 stay strong twins (@snugglydol) January 16, 2019
Have you been affected by this fan accounts purge on Instagram? Use the comments section below to lets us know your experience.
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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