Not sure if this is the place for this but any advice or ideas would be helpful! The short version is that Instagram is a important platform for sewists and knitters to share their craft-- and in the last year the online community has been grappling with racism, homophobia, etc. (mostly in very productive ways!) This has lead to a number of outspoken accounts getting deactivated by Instagram, sometimes without warning. It appears to be the result of brigading and false TOS complaints by white supremacist groups associated with the Ravelry ban.
We’ve been organizing folks to report to Instagram en-mass however only a few accounts have been granted full access to their content. Others have only been granted nominal access to their account, no access to content or ability to actually use their platforms. Instagram has not responded to their individual requests for information regarding their accounts or the reasons for de-activation. Those without full access appear to be primarily WOC, while white account holders have gotten full access to their accounts restored.
While Instagram is an ethical nightmare, and it seems like most people on this forum agree, it is also the heart of the online crafting community and I don’t anticipate that changing. I’m concerned that Instagram’s erasure of POC and those producing political art is further white-washing a community that is already heavily white washed as well as quashing a lot of really productive conversations. Right now groups of folks are trying to reach out to Instagram but as far as I’m aware there isn’t much traction there. I’ll continue searching the forum for ideas but if anyone has any ideas they would be extremely appreciated!