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Truly no one is above deleting old Instagram pictures to curate the perfect grid. Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom has quietly been deleting his Instagram posts from the past year and a half.
Naturally, Systrom has historically been an active Instagram user, posting pictures of his wife, his daughter, and the picturesque places he travels. But posts since May 2018 have recently disappeared from his grid.
The most recent picture on Systrom’s feed is a selfie with daughter Freya from May 20, 2018. But the internet archive Wayback Machine shows that as of June 2019 there were 14 posts after Systrom’s May 2018 selfie. But by October 2019, all 14 posts had been deleted.
There were photos of Systrom at work, with friends, and even a snapshot of a beautiful sunset. But his posts also showed his departure from Facebook, and the announcement that Adam Mosseri would become head of Instagram.
It’s unclear why Systrom started deleting posts when he did, but there is speculation his departure from Instagram may have something to do with it.
Systrom and fellow co-founder Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook in 2012, and Systrom served as Instagram’s CEO for the next six years. But in September 2018 both Systrom and Krieger announced their departures from Instagram, saying in a statement it was time “to explore [their] curiosity and creativity again.”
Shortly after Systrom and Krieger left Facebook, sources claimed the split was stressful for everyone involved. According to Bloomberg, Systrom and Krieger left Instagram after “growing tensions” with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the future of Instagram. Multiple reports from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal indicate Systrom and Krieger had a serious falling out with Zuckerberg.
According to Business Insider, there had been a “long buildup of friction” between the founders of Instagram and Facebook which could not be resolved.
Though Systrom’s split from Facebook seemed far from amicable, he has since indicated he would still sell Instagram to Facebook if he had the choice.
As for Systrom’s Instagram, we’ll just have to wait and see if he starts posting again, or if the co-founder has truly broken up with Instagram.
Esther Bell is a writer for the Daily Dot. She recently graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, and her work has appeared in Bustle and Teen Vogue.