Instagram Cancels, Then Resets an Account

Having an account deleted on Instagram is pretty easy. You just have to violate the terms and conditions and your account will be abruptly terminated. It’s a normal thing to happen. There have even been cases when Instagram has cancelled an account without telling the reasons. But cancelling an account and then resetting it hadn’t occurred until now.

That’s however what happened to @EmamKhomeini, an account dedicated to the Imam Ruhollah Khomeini, who ruled Iran for 10 years since 1979 up to his death in 1989. On the moment it was closed, it was being followed by 100K people and showed 462 rare or unseen pics of the Ayatollah. Since it was reopened, four more pics have been added to the collection.

When Instagram terminated the account, it send its administrators an email which an explanation referring to violence, pornography and advertising, the three kinds of content which aren’t allowed by Instagram.

One of the pics posted on @EmamKhomeini One of the pics posted on @EmamKhomeini

However, it was made available yesterday, presumably because of people’s complaints and media coverage in Iran and abroad. It is a rare example of the attitude of Iran towards social networks. While many contents are forbidden in the country (such deemed “offensive” or having to do with pornography, apart from entire social networks like Facebook or Twitter), then we have this example, reuniting both social networking and religious praising.

Let this be proof to show Instagram’s diversity. Not many other social networks would have allowed this kind of account – or even deleted, then reset it. Despite its attitude, it still brings culture closer to people, letting the world see a part of history that had been covered for a very long time. Do you know any other account like this? This one must not be the only one, we’re sure about that!

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