Instagram has announced a new set of rules when it comes to deleting accounts for hate speech, nudity or any other violations. Unlike before Instagram will issue a warning to users before deleting their account.
The new changes are expected to help Instagram zero in and delete accounts that are flagged for a certain number of violations in a given time period. The new rule will be added to the existing policy.
Under our existing policy, we disable accounts that have a certain percentage of violating content. We are now rolling out a new policy where, in addition to removing accounts with a certain percentage of violating content, we will also remove accounts with a certain number of violations within a window of time. Similarly to how policies are enforced on Facebook, this change will allow us to enforce our policies more consistently and hold people accountable for what they post on Instagram.
That apart, Instagram is also introducing a new notification process which will warn the users if their account is likely to be deleted. In many cases, this will help Instagram users to correct their behaviour and avoid deletion. Moreover, they will be able to appeal for violations of our nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies.
Instagram also assures that in case of error it will quickly restore the content and remove the user from the blacklist. If your account has been flagged off you can appeal via Instagram Help Center.[via Instagram]