Instagram unblocked the account of the Association of Azovstal Defenders’ Families. The Association informed that its account had been blocked on Tuesday, August 9.
The Association was outraged by Instagram's act, although the platform has repeatedly shown its aversion to the topic of the war in Ukraine by deleting the posts of Ukrainian bloggers or blocking their accounts and marking the posts as "sensitive content".
Immediately after the account was blocked, the Association filed an appeal against this decision, and also asked the Ministry of Digital Transformation and its head, Mykhailo Fedorov, for help. The specialists of the Ministry immediately sent a letter to Instagram’s owner Meta, asking to unblock not only the page of the Association of Azovstal Defenders’ Families but also five other pages related to the activities of Azov.
Today, Hanna Naumenko, a representative of the Association, wrote that the account has been unblocked. This was confirmed by Fedorov.
"Our Instagram account was restored, as well as the account of one of our representatives. It is a victory, although a very small one," said Naumenko.
Mykhailo Fedorov, for his part, wrote on his Telegram channel:
"The Instagram account of the Association of Azovstal Defenders’ Families has already been unblocked. We thank Meta for their quick response and look forward to the restoration of other accounts related to Azov."