E! News says that Bella Hadid called out the Facebook-owned Instagram for deleting an IG Story she posted featuring her father’s passport. Bella assumed Instagram erased the Story because her dad’s passport lists his birthplace as Palestine. But Facebook assured her they were not targeting her because of xenophobic hatred.
Bella thought she was the victim of a targeted attack, but not because she’s the most beautiful woman in the world and people were jealous. Yesterday, Bella posted a picture of her totally not broke father, Mohamed Hadid’s passport. The picture was soon deleted with Instagram citing “harassment or bullying” from their user guidelines. They let her know that “we have these guidelines because we want our community to feel respected and safe.”
Bella took this as an attack against Palestine, where her father was born, and called out Instagram in a Story:
“Instagram removed my story that only said “My baba and his birthplace of Palestine” with a photograph of his American passport @instagram exactly what part of me being proud of my fathers birth place of Palestine is “bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity?” Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying… You can’t erase history by silencing people. It doesn’t work like that… Do you want him to change his birthplace for you? I am proud to be Palestinian.”
She told her followers to, “Post where their mother and fathers were born today! Remind them how proud you are of where you come from!”
A Facebook spokesperson explained that this had nothing to do with Palestine, and her content was removed because they don’t allow personal information to be shared, AKA passports. Their system probably read her Story as doxxing and tagged it as harassment. They did concede that his passport number was blocked out, so Bella’s post shouldn’t have been taken down and they allowed it back up:
“To protect the privacy of our community, we don’t allow people to post personal information, such as passport numbers, on Instagram… In this case the passport number was blurred out, so this content shouldn’t have been removed. We’ve restored the content and apologize to Bella for the mistake.”
Here’s hoping Bella wasn’t targeted for her Palestinian love. But on the bright side, at least now photographers know that to get Bella to show any kind of emotion in photoshoots, they just need to fuck with her social media!