Bali Swara

NAME: Azeema
PLATFORM & USERNAME: Instagram – @Sym_B_Osis  
CENSORSHIP: Shadow & Content ban

What reason was given for your ban?

“Copyright infringement”.

Why do you think your post(s) was censored?

My Friends and I were having rational discussions about mental health, and questions about underlying motives related to quarantine.

Were you able to appeal and what was the response?

Yes, I appealed under the Fair Use Act (a friend did a brief DJ set during a weekly Live I used to host) the post was restored. I also have multiple screenshots & photos of what I believe to be evidence of shadow banning.

What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?

Occasional flairs in anxiety/anger at the platforms for repressing alternative narrative. Also, a renewed conviction in my path, and work to promote positivity, collaboration & equality.

What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?

If you have to sneak in the shadows to silence voices attempting to spread knowledge & understanding….then you’re on the wrong team.