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Today’s blacklisted American: Instagram bans pro-life student group at Auburn for being pro-life

Orwell's 1984: Instagram's instruction manual
Instagram’s instruction manual.

The modern dark age: After the Students for Life at Auburn University posted an announcement on Instagram promoting the annual March for Life anti-abortion protest in Washington, DC, Instagram immediately banned the organization, claiming simply that “Your account, or activity on it, doesn’t follow our Community Guidelines on business integrity.”

When the students appealed this decision — noting that the accusation made no sense — Instagram responded with an even more bogus and absurd explanation.

Auburn SFL, in a statement provided to The College Fix on Tuesday, said that on Oct. 13, their social media director appealed Instagram’s decision and asked for further clarification. The next day, Instagram responded saying that a potential reason for the ban was that the group “pretended to be someone else,” student President Gwen Charles said via email. [emphasis mine]

Note the highlighted word. Apparently Instagram itself doesn’t know why its banned the Students for Life account. Or more probably, it does know (“We can’t allow these Republicans *yuch!* free to say anything they want!”) but recognized it couldn’t admit this publicly.

Moreover, the accusation is obviously false. The club’s announcement was simply promoting this event, and asked who in the club wanted to go. You would have to be a fool to think they were “pretending to someone else.”

The students have challenged this “clarification” with Instagram, but as of November 1st had not as yet heard back.

No matter. The students should find another outlet. They are plenty of other venues for publicizing a club or organization. Why subject yourself to this fascist oppression? Let Instagram stew in its own increasingly rotten and fetid juices.

Note too that Instagram is owned by Facebook, which in turn is owned by Meta, which has seen its stock value crash 73% this year. Though there are many reasons why Mark Zuckerberg’s empire is crumbling, being a leader in censorship — when you are supposed to be an information-based company — is certainly a major factor.

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