NAME: Gareth Valentino
PLATFORM & USERNAME: Insta – @gareth__valentino
CENSORSHIP: Account Ban, Shadow Ban
What reason was given for your ban?
My account was removed one morning without me even posting anything against community guidelines. I have had posts removed in the past but they just took down my account with no warning.
Why do you think your post(s) was censored?
Because it exposed the queer body. It’s biased because I see thousands of bodies on instagram, more “graphic” than what I posted.
Were you able to appeal and what was the response?
No response, they say they will get back to me in 24 hours but they never do.
What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?
I’ve lost work and connections and my photos, I’m also shadow banned now.
What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?
That censoring unfairly compared to others is a massive problem, especially towards queer people.