American supermodel Bella Hadid has harshly reacted over photo-sharing platform Instagram for censoring her post that stated her father was born in Palestine.
Bella Hadid, on her Instagram story, shared a photo with her passport and captioned: “I’m proud to be a Palestinian”. She has around 31 million followers on Instagram.
The model revealed that an Instagram Story she posted was taken down. Bella explained to her followers: “Instagram removed my story that only said ‘My baba And his birthplace of Palestine’ with a photograph of his American passport.”
She then challenged the Instagram authorities, asking: ‘Instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers birth place of Palestine is “bullying, harassment , graphic, or sexual nudity?”
Bella further added, “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying. You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that.”
She also shared shared a screenshot in which Instagram had told her that the post in question went against their community guidelines.
She shared a generic response from the social media platform that says “We removed your story because it goes against our Community Guidelines on harassment or bullying. We have these guidelines because we want our community to feel respected and safe.”
It is not exactly clear why Instagram removed the post, but Bella was flooded with support from fans on Twitter.
“We are sick of having Palestinian content censored on social media platforms,” one fan wrote, adding: “Mohammad Hadid’s passport considered hate speech bc it stated he was born in Palestine. Thank you.”