The woman in the cartoon is Rose Hamid, the Muslim woman who was thrown out of Donald Trump rally after she stood in silent protest. She is also Ward’s aunt.
Ward posted the photo on Wednesday evening, and by the next morning she was unable to log into her account,
Instagram told me that my account was frozen, because I had gone against Instagram policy…I clicked to learn more, and it said that my account had been disabled and it listed all of the terms that could cause this. No nudity, no buying likes or followers, and a bunch of other stuff, none of which I had done. Some right wing group must have flagged my page.”
For Ward, who has a following over over 400,000, Instagram is more than just a social media outlet, it contributes to her livlihood. As a result, Ward did not take the suspension lying down. She set up a new account, urging her supporters to contact Instagram on her behalf. A few days later, her original account, including the cartoon in question, was back up. Nevertheless, Ward is still perplexed by Instagram’s initial response.
They need to implement some type of better solution before they shut a page down like that, especially a page with over 430,000 Instagram followers…I’ve represented Instagram well on TV and in magazine interviews, and they need to have a better process and better communication.