Bella Hadid Posts Proud Palestinian Post Before Instagram Deletes It: "Can't Erase History By Silencing People"
Bella Hadid took a break from posting her usual sexy Instagram selfies and got serious. The supermodel posted about her Palestinian heritage and claims the social media platform deleted her post.
Bella Hadid is known for her sexy Instagram selfies, but on Tuesday the supermodel took a break from her usual posts and got a little more serious.
Posting about her Palestinian heritage, the supermodel shared a photo of her father Mohamed Hadid's passport showing his country of origin of Palestine. Along with the photo, the model wrote, "My baba and his birthplace of Palestine."
Bella Hadid slams Instagram
Following the photo of her father's passport photo, Hadid then shared a screenshot of the Instagram alert that took down the photo. Instagram wrote they took the photo down because "it goes against our Community Guidelines on harassment or bullying," and cited notices of "graphic violence; hate speech, harassment and bullying; and nudity and sexual activity."
"Exactly what part of me being proud of my father's birthplace of Palestine is 'bullying, harassment, graphic, or sexual nudity'?" Hadid wrote alongside the screen grab.
She continued, "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."
Hadid also shared her father's throwback documentation from 1988, and captioned, "Do you want him to change his birthplace for you?"
A representative for the social media platform reached out and clarified they would be looking into why the post was taken down. They said that the post would not have been taken down based on a user's identity – racial, religious or otherwise.
"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," read the statement.
"We've restored the content and apologize to Bella for the mistake," they continued.
Hadid has yet to comment on their response.