JAKARTA (Reuters) – An Instagram account is view comics that the struggles faced by gay Muslim men was removed on Wednesday after authorities with the label “pornographic” and threatened to block of the platform.
Silhouettes of the mobile users to see next to a projection screen of Instagram logo in this photo illustration March 28, 2018. REUTERS/dado Ruvic/Illustration
Indonesia communication of the ministry said that Instagram had taken the account, under the name @Alpantuni, at her request, because it was in conflict with the regulations on the content.
But Instagram said it was not involved.
“There are a number of other reasons why an account is no longer accessible, including, for example, if the holder of the account deleted the account, disabled the account, or changed the user name,” an Instagram spokesperson told Reuters.
Reuters was unable to reach the account holder.
The removal of the site comes amid the government and the public hostility towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the world ‘ s largest Muslim majority in the country.
Minister of communication Rudiantara had earlier warned that Instagram could be blocked in Indonesia if the account is not deleted.
“Materials for the promotion of LGBT people are against health regulations, religious rules and cultural norms. It is not in accordance with Indonesia, ” the minister told CNN Indonesia.
The comics reviewed by Reuters, before they were taken away portrayed a gay man who is a religious Indonesian family struggling with its identity.
They included a picture of two men in bed, and the main character later bullied about his sexuality. The account had more than 6,000 followers.
Reporting by Fanny Potkin; Editing by Ed Davies and Nick Macfie