Marketwatch.com recently profiled a 15-year-old boy who was on his way to becoming an Internet entrepreneur – until Instagram purged his accounts and banned him for life.
The teenager was among Instagram’s most popular influencers, reposting memes and boasting over 500,000 followers on just one IG account alone.
According to Marketwatch, on July 26, Ben (who didn’t want his last name used) was surprised to find he couldn’t log into 5 of his eight Instagram accounts.
Ben was a well-known meme curator, someone who reposts memes on multiple accounts to grow his follower counts. They then sell those Instagram accounts to people who want instant clout on social media.
But content creators – photographers and illustrators – complained to Instagram that their images were being used in memes without proper credit. Instagram responded by banning more than 30 highly popular pages – including Ben’s popular @spicy.mp4 account.