NAME: Mike
CENSORSHIP: Shadow ban

What reason was given for your ban?

Sexual solicitation.

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

Provocative images but all within IG guidelines.

Were you able to appeal and what was the response?

Yes – appeals didn’t work.

What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?

Mainly I’d say my mental health. I’ve got a page of 105k followers and posting literally makes me feel Ill with worry.  It makes me question the value of my work, plus of course, these platforms drive traffic to my Patreon etc so I directly lose money.  The whole thing is just a nightmare.  And seeing other pages post pretty much explicit content, plus dick pics and always being told they don’t break rules – it’s just a joke.

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

I’d like to say to just let it go and it’s not important, and to do this for the enjoyment but that’s hard when you’ve spent years of time and effort and it’s all for nothing!!