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Instagram Deletes Accounts Of Hundreds Of Porn Stars

Instagram has become a platform where many adult stars opt to showcase their photos and establish their personal brands. But it seems Instagram may be putting a stop to that as the social media giant has reportedly been deleting hundreds of accounts belonging to adult stars.

In a bid to stand against what she describes as “discrimination,” Alana Evans, president of the Adult Performers Actors Guild, has been leading the fight on those who are campaigning against porn stars.

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Despite their accounts not showing any nudity or sex, Evans’ group has garnered more than 1,000 performers who claim Instagram’s content moderators have deleted their accounts for violations of the site’s community standards.

“They discriminate against us because they don’t like what we do for a living,” Evans explained.

“I should be able to model my Instagram account on Sharon Stone or any other verified profile, but the reality is that doing that would get me deleted.”

Campaigners met with Instagram representatives earlier this summer, in a bid to set up a “more comprehensive” appeal process, but the talks soon came to a stop. And it seems Instagram is showing no signs of slowing down as, in the months following, accounts have continued to be deleted.

Evans explained that the last straw for her came after the death of porn star, Jessica Jaymes, in September this year – when, shortly after her death, her account with more than 900,000 followers was removed.

“When I saw that Jessica’s account was deleted, my heart sunk. It was the last straw,” Evans said.

Luckily, the account in question was eventually reinstated – however, Evans insists that many other adult stars are not getting the same privilege.

In response to the recent backlash, Facebook, who owns Instagram, explained in a statement to BBC News that they have to “put rules in place around nudity and sexual solicitation to ensure content is appropriate for everyone, particularly young people.

“We will take action on content reported to us if it breaks these rules. We give people the opportunity to appeal the decision and will reinstate content if we mistakenly remove something,” the statement added.

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