On September 16, Instagram took down redfish’s page with no justification.
This was the second such ban this year, following Facebook’s – which owns Instagram – removal of our page last April.
Redfish tried reaching out to Instagram for clarification on the reason behind the ban, only to be met with ambiguous responses citing “privacy and security reasons” as to why they could not “disclose this information.”
For 4 days, Facebook/Instagram did not appear willing to properly explain the rationale behind their censorship.
Instagram claims to be a champion of free speech, diversity, anti-racism, and LGBTQ+ and women’s rights. But before suspending our page, Instagram had taken down 5 of our posts in the last 6 months celebrating Pride Month, women’s rights, anti-racism and anti-fascism.
With over 419K followers, redfish had grown an active community of Instagram users who rely on our page for alternative news coverage centering the world’s most marginalized and oppressed peoples and their causes. While we are not surprised by Instagram’s censorship, we view this latest episode of suppression as part and parcel of the platform’s crackdown on media sources challenging the mainstream. Redfish’s Instagram page has now been restored.
Thank you to our loyal community of supporters who pushed to get us back.
Redfish will not bow to censorship.