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Instagram Forced to Reactivate Imam Khomeini’s Account

2 June 2015 15:06




Instagram which had blocked the account of Imam Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, was forced to reactivate the page due to his followers’ protest letters and media backlash.

The account which had over 100,000 followers was deactivated on the threshold of the annual ceremonies held in Iran to commemorate the anniversary of Imam Khomeini’s demise on June 4.

Instagram had announced in an email that it has omitted the account and erased about 500,000 photos and posts as well as the 100,000 followers from the account.

After several media reports and thousands of letters by creators of emamKhomeini Instagram account and its followers to the app owners to protest the move as a clear violation of the freedom of speech, the Instagram was forced to reactivate the page.

The account of a leader who has been admired and loved by tens of millions of people was omitted while there are millions of Instagram accounts containing violent and obscene contents, including the pages belonging to the Takfiri terrorist groups like the ISIL, which even release images of the beheadings done by them.

Faced with Instagram’s unfair treatment, the Imam Khomeini lovers had created a new account under the name ofemamKhomeiny which they said would continue the past approach and releases photos and remarks of the great leader. The new account had attracted over 22,000 followers in just two days.

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