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Instagram meme creators protest content moderation policies

“Instarrection” co-host Anjelica, a 32-year-old woman from Connecticut, told BuzzFeed News on a call that she and Ana are bound by the struggle to stay on the platform. She’s created 10 different accounts over the years, but is best known as @hornymermaid, where she posts silly selfies and memes for her 20,000 followers.

In 2021, she shared a dressed selfie with the caption “link in bio” where there were links to her other social media profiles and her OnlyFans page. She said Instagram deleted her account for sexual solicitation. Her followers then began encouraging her to leave Instagram for Twitter and Reddit, where nudity guidelines are less stringent.

“I don’t even post nudity. I have an OnlyFans and I post memes because that’s how I want to run my business,” she said. “I think people see the memes and gravitate towards my personality, and end up checking out my other link because they think I’m funny. This attraction is part of why I’m so successful, and I have to be able to do both.

Anjelica regained access to the account after meeting with Instagram in early July. She said it was a “good start” but her goal is to have a constant dialogue with the platform.

“Revealing your female face online will get you so much hate. Angry incels will mass report all of our stuff and then it will be deleted or deleted by the algorithm,” Anjelica said. “Why is it so hard for voices and marginalized women to speak out? We’re not hurting anyone.”