Belle Delphine’s Instagram account removed after mass reporting campaign

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Belle Delphine, a gamer who recently sold jars of her bathwater and trolled fans with Pornhub prank, has been removed from Instagram following an organized mass reporting campaign. 

Previously a darling of the gaming community, Delphine pissed off a lot people in the gaming subreddit r/GamersRiseUp after promising to post NSFW content on Pornhub if she reached 1 million likes on a photo. 

After the prank, fans threatened to “torpedo her career.” The threat apparently manifested with the organized mass reporting of her account for nudity and pornography, according to claims from multiple redditors.

Several users participating in the revenge campaign posted screenshots showing notifications from Instagram that said @belle.delphine had been removed for violating the site’s rules.

A spokesperson for Instagram confirmed to the Daily Dot that Delphine’s account was removed for violating community guidelines. Instagram maintains that multiple reports of an account only lead to the account’s removal if it does actually violate guidelines.

Delphine’s other social media accounts are still active, and she has not commented on the Instagram page takedown. On Friday afternoon, she was tweeting a mysterious countdown on her Twitter account. 

Naturally, people have a lot of opinions. Some seem rather upset about her Instagram removal.

Other people are angry on her behalf.

And some are utterly delighted.

Many are just out for the drama and entertainment. 

But as Twitter user @VariaJStrix points out, the mass reporting campaign presents a gross double standard.

“This should be upsetting because she got reported for NUDITY AND PORNOGRAPHY when her angry fans obviously wanted MORE NUDITY AND PORNOGRAPHY,” @VariaJStrix wrote. “They are trying to control her.”

In other words, her body was weaponized against her only because it wasn’t used how fans wanted. And that kind of toxic targeted action should worry everyone. 

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Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball

Siobhan Ball is a historian, archivist, and journalist. She also writes for Autostraddle and bi.org