Why did this Iranian account gets the boot from Instagram, then reappear hours later?

Published June 1st, 2015 - 10:46 GMT
This week the photo sharing website deleted an account from Iran commemorating Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, but then it was back online late Monday night. (AFP/File)
This week the photo sharing website deleted an account from Iran commemorating Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, but then it was back online late Monday night. (AFP/File)

This week Instagram closed an account comemorating the life and death of Iran's revolutionary leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, right before the 26th anniversary of his death on June 3rd. But in a quick turnaround on Tuesday, the account has apparently been reactivated by the social media photo sharing site.

Under the name @EmamKhomeiny, the account garnered some 100,000 followers sharing rare photos of the leader, like the ones below.

 

 

 

Earlier this week, Iranian state media reported the following: 

"Instagram in an email announced the deletion of the page ... and only provided the automated generic text banning violent, pornographic or advertisement content."

 

But so far, we haven't seen anything from the state media about the account's renewal, and it's not clear why Instagram decided to delete — and reactivate — the account this week.

But it's worth mentioning that the Islamic Republic touts some of the worst Internet censorship laws in the world with blocks on several news, political and pornographic sites, as well as restrictions on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.  

 


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