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Instagram Restricted Sandra Bland Hashtag To Block Hate Speech


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The week after Sandra Bland was found dead in a Texas jail cell after what appeared to be a routine traffic stop, her name started trending on social media.

Facebook users began sharing video of Bland’s arrest and photos of the 28-year-old woman. Twitter users brewed a conspiracy theory that Bland’s death, which authorities have said was suicide, had been staged by police.

But Instagram users who tried to post to the #SandraBland hashtag came up against a problem. Posts tagged #SandraBland weren’t appearing on the hashtag’s gallery page, prompting users to come up with their own conspiracy theory: Is Instagram censoring posts about Sandra Bland? 

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