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- The Instagram star Belle Delphine, who shot to internet fame for selling her bathwater, has had her account shut down.
- It follows what appears to be a coordinated reporting campaign against her. People complained that her account featured “nudity or pornography.”
- However, Instagram said it was shut down for breaking the rules, not because of the campaign.
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The Instagram star who went viral for selling her bathwater has had her account shut down for violating the social network’s rules.
It comes after a seemingly coordinated reporting campaign against her – but Instagram says that it doesn’t take accounts down only because of these campaigns.
Belle Delphine had 4.5 million Instagram followers and shot to internet fame with two stunts this year: selling her bathwater for $30 a bottle and tricking her fans into thinking she was going to make porn for PornHub.
The 19-year-old’s posts are frequently NSFW, as she enjoys scantily clad cosplay and commonly makes ahegao faces, an expression used in Japanese anime and manga pornography.
But on Friday morning, her Instagram account was down. In its place was a message that simply said: “Sorry, this page isn’t available.”
The closing of the account follows what looks to be a campaign to get Delphine taken off Instagram. Searching for the hashtag #belledelphine on Instagram shows that multiple people may have reported her with claims of “nudity or pornography.”
One screenshot appears more than others, from an Instagram user called Athlete_thedog. A reply from Instagram to Athlete_thedog’s complaint says Delphine’s account was removed for violating the site’s community guidelines.
A spokesperson for Instagram told Business Insider that her account violated the company’s community guidelines, but declined to provide more specifics, citing privacy.
The removal of Delphine’s profile came just hours after Instagram announced that it was updating its policies to warn users whose accounts were close to being deleted. It is unclear whether Delphine received such a warning.