NAME: NEO 10Y (they/them)
PLATFORM & USERNAME: Instagram – @NEO10Y
CENSORSHIP: Shadow & Content ban
What reason was given for your ban?
Since 2015/2016, I have regularly been posting content as an activist. The first wave of censorship started when I released my film “NEO 10Y v NIHIL: The Kid That Killed Tr*mp” – here is a link, as you can see it has already been censored for adult content. This film was removed from countless platforms due to right-wing hate groups. I have also been vocal about animal and human rights as I am consistently anti-oppression and therefore vegan. In 2018, anti-vegan editors at the BBC positioned me as an “extreme” vegan, since then I have been spammed by anti-vegans, who have also created anti-vegan content about me which has put my safety at risk. More recently, content with me has been reported for nudity as a gender non-conformist – even though there is no nudity. I have fought to have this reinstated – including promo for my recent single Vapid Prophecy.
Why do you think your post(s) was censored?
Hate groups targeting and reporting anti-oppression activists and conscious beings who are vocal about equality.
Were you able to appeal and what was the response?
Yes – some posts have been reinstated. My YouTube content is clearly still shadowbanned.
What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?
Mental health issues and anxiety.
What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?
Please keep being yourself; you are the Universe and we need to keep speaking up for anti-oppression and the freedom to be ourselves and express ourselves without censorship. The inequity that “female-presenting bodies” still face with lack of freedom for the nipple is abhorrent censorship and Instagram and Facebook are villains for not allowing this.