— The Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) August 7, 2015
The Florida based civil rights group Dream Defenders says Instagram, the popular image sharing social media platform owned by Facebook, deleted its account because the group participated in a hashtag likening the GOP to the Klu Klux Klan.
Facebook has long come under fire for politically motivated censorship on its globally dominant service. It's not clear exactly why its photo sharing service reacted to the Dream Defenders the way it did. Instagram's terms of service include a section called "Community Guidelines," which says that while the company may remove "credible threats" or "hate speech," it does "generally allow stronger conversation around people who are featured in the news or have a large public audience due to their profession or chosen activities."
Apparently that doesn't apply to the presidential candidates running on the republican ticket.