Facebook, Instagram Delete Accounts for Gun Parts Dealer Without Explanation
The owner of a Missouri gun parts and accessories retailer said his Facebook and Instagram accounts were deleted without explanation over the last two weeks.
TJ Kirgin, head of Tactical Shit, said the company’s Facebook account, with roughly 480,000 fans, was deactivated last week without warning or explanation. The company’s Instagram account, which Kirgin said had 250,000 fans, was then deleted without warning on Wednesday. The Facebook account has since been restored, but the Instagram account remains deactivated.
Facebook purchased Instagram in April 2012.
“We received no warning or indication of why Facebook unpublished our page last week,” Kirgin said to the Washington Free Beacon. “All it said was ‘your page Tactical Shit has been unpublished.’ Thirty-six hours later our page was republished after a ton of media exposure combined with petitions of FB executive staff to help us since we were unfairly targeted.”
“Now, just hours after my interview with Tomi Lahren regarding the incident with Facebook, our Instagram page was deleted,” Kirgin continued. “When the admin logged in the screen read, ‘Your account has been deleted for violating our terms. You won’t be able to log into this account and no one else will be able to see it. We’re unable to restore accounts that are deleted for these types of violations.’”