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GOP spokeswoman says Instagram censored her criticism of Elizabeth Warren

Republican national spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany shared the 1986 registration card on Instagram showing Elizabeth Warren claiming Native American heritage.

 

David Gilmour

Tech

Published Feb 6, 2019   Updated Feb 7, 2019, 7:31 am CST

Republican Party National Spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany tweeted on Wednesday that Facebook-owned platform Instagram threatened to disable her account after removing an image of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)’s old Texas state bar registration card in which she claims Native American heritage.

The 1986 registration card was published on Tuesday in a scoop by the Washington Post.

Warren’s consistent claim of Cherokee ancestry was frequently mocked by conservatives and President Donald Trump, especially after DNA analysis released in October—which showed “strong evidence” of Native American ancestry six to ten generations back—proved insufficient for a claim to any specific tribal nation.

The controversial narrative has reemerged once again, however, as Warren establishes her 2020 presidential bid.

Despite the fact that Warren apologized again following Tuesday’s Washington Post article, conservatives jumped at the news.

It was in doing this that McEnany was hit with a warning by Instagram. The platform deemed the post in violation of its terms of use.

“I have been warned by @instagram and cannot operate my account because I posted an image of Elizabeth Warren’s Bar of Texas registration form via @washingtonpost,” she wrote. “I’m warned that I am “harassing,” “bullying,” and “blackmailing” her”

McEnany says her post wasn’t taken down on Facebook or Twitter.

Still, McEnany is convinced that the platform is engaged in politically motivated censorship to “protect 2020 Dems.”

It’s possible that the post was flagged by Instagram because it included some identifying information, such as Warren’s office address. However, that information is decades out of date.

The Daily Dot reached out to Instagram for comment but has not received a response.

Update 7:30am CT, Feb. 7: In a statement to the Daily Dot, Instagram confirmed the post was flagged because of the identifying information, but that action was performed in error.

“We incorrectly removed this image for including personal information, in this case the home address of someone else, which is not allowed on Instagram. On secondary review, we confirmed that the image included an office address and not a personal home address. The content has now been restored and we apologize for the mistake.”

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*First Published: Feb 6, 2019, 3:56 pm CST