A teenage Instagramer who used her page to promote study routines and scholastic stationery is suing the social media photo giant for deleting her Instagram account.
The account had nearly 124,000 followers as at the time it was shut down. The teen, named in court records as E.S.W., also has a YouTube channel with more than 20,000 subscribers that remains active.
Her attorney, James Waczewski, said his theory was that the account was deleted as Instagram worked to purge fake and bot accounts.
Waczewski said that thousands of accounts were deleted in July and again in September, which was when his client’s account vanished.
The teen is seeking damages due to emotional stress causing nausea, discomfort and insomnia, and monetary compensation as well.
But Waczewski said that getting the main account back online was the main goal.
A new Instagram account – @studytosuccessofficial – has been created and has drawn more than 8,000 followers. It notes that the original account was “hacked at 124K.”
At the time of deleting the account, the teen was receiving offers to run marketing ads for profit and products.
According to the Lawsuit, she was reported to Instagram three times for posting two photos without credit or posting it in an improper place when she was first learning to use the account. But those issues were resolved with the removal of the photos.