Instagram has backed down from his censorship and restored the photograph he removed from the account Isabel Diaz Ayuso. It was a snapshot published on June 18 in which the president of the Community of Madrid was seen with the bullfighting journalist David Casas. The social network, owned by Facebook, decided to eliminate the photograph in question under one of its publication rules on “extreme graphic violence.” But now, after the complaint of the ‘popular’ president, Instagram has decided to heed the requests by Ayuso’s team that it had omitted until now. The photograph, which can be seen below, has been hidden from the public for close to four months.
According to Instagram, the photograph of Ayuso taken during the San Isidro Fair 2021 it contained content that violated their rules on “violence or dangerous organizations.” The image in question was taken in the Madrid bullring of Las Ventas and some Internet users frame in this context the reason for the censorship of the social network. Isabel Díaz Ayuso’s team appealed removal photography but, until today, Instagram did not respond to their requests and maintained censorship. The rule that Instagram supposedly applied to delete the photograph reads as follows: «We delete photos or videos of extreme graphic violence; publications that incite the use of violence to attack people based on religion, ethnicity or sex; concrete threats of physical harm, theft, vandalism and other types of economic damage. None of that can be seen in the publication of the regional president.
Facebook, the parent company of Instagram, is being targeted for arbitrarily applying censorship. There have already been many cases in which the social network owned by Mark Zuckerberg has closed accounts or eliminated publications arbitrarily applying its regulations but allowing, in other cases, that dictators such as Nicolas Maduro, communist leaders like Xi Jinping, or the satrap Vladimir Putin publish what they want without encountering opposition despite the fact that they subdue the citizens of their countries and, in some cases, flagrantly violate human rights.
Indeed, Zuckerberg’s company is currently in the spotlight of public opinion for its practices. Last week the former employee of the Menlo Park (California) company Frances Haugen He appeared in the United States Senate to uncover the bad practices of the company that owns Instagram and WhatsApp.