Instagram reportedly ‘banned’ a Twitch streamer for being called ‘Squid Game’ on the platform.
Since 2012, Lydia Ellery had been using the handle ‘@squidgame’ on Instagram, however, she claims she was temporarily banned from using her account.
The Twitch streamer lost access to her Instagram on Friday, which she had previously been posting on since November 2012.
Ellery took to Twitter after finding that she couldn’t access her account, questioning whether people had been ‘trying to log into’ her account, or ‘reporting it’ due to the series. ‘Very not cool,’ she said.
It has been known for users to try and force an account to be banned on the app by a flood of people taking to reporting it. It is hoped in doing so that the platform’s automated banning algorithm will subsequently be triggered, but it has not been proven to actually work, Business Insider reports.
Ellery is a popular name on Twitch, having amassed 42,300 followers. She is also a member of the platform’s Partnership Program and another streaming collective Yogscast, which has more than seven million subscribers on YouTube.
According to her tweets, Ellery applied for the ban to be reviewed on October 8, but had to ‘wait 24 hours’ for Instagram to decide whether to revoke the change or keep it instated.
‘Where is my article about Squid Game ruining my life. I will take big checks for this,’ she said.
Ellery has since had her account reinstated, updating followers on October 9 that it had been unbanned. She thanked followers for ‘all the retweets, Reddit comments and for tagging Instagram’.
Not sure what to do about my SquidGame name and it being reported/ inundated with messages, but hopefully this won’t happen again!
Ellery received an automated message when trying to log in, stating that the ban was reportedly due to her account ‘impersonating someone else’ and subsequently had violated the platform’s policies, she told Business Insider.
Apparently, fans have been ‘angry’ over her account on the basis that they were jealous of the name and wanted the account as their own, according to messages Ellery said she has received.
In her latest post on Instagram, Ellery reminded fans that she’s had the account for ’11 years’ and ‘absolutely loved the Netflix show’.
She concluded that she hopes her account and Squid Game can ‘both live together in harmony’.
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