Social media has taken censorship to a whole new level. One of the Marines killed in the suicide bombings last week’s mother took to Instagram with a post about her son. Instagram disabled her account.
A Mother’s Grief
On August 26 at the Kabul airport, U.S. Marine Lance Corporal Kareen Nikoui, 20, lost his life along with 12 other service members and almost 200 Afghan civilians. Like most grieving their loss, his mother, Shana Chappell, posted pictures of her son, which began with him in his uniform.
She wrote, “My heart is so broken, and I don’t think I will ever be able to fix it! I feel like I’m dying inside!”
“My Kareemy, my baby loved being a Marine. He has wanted to be a Marine since he was little. He died protecting people, he was doing his job. I can’t help but be angry and hurt. No parent should ever lose their child and i wouldn’t wish this pain upon my worst enemy! He was only 20!!! He was just a baby with his whole life ahead of him. He had so many plans for his future.”Shana Chappell
She went on to say that she could use her son’s “courage and strength.” Chappell ended her post by saying, “I love you more than all the stars in the sky. God, please watch over and protect our troops and get them all home safely.”
Social Media Response
By Monday, Chappell’s account was completely disabled. She shared her findings and frustration in a Facebook post. In the post, she showed a screenshot of the message from Instagram and the steps she could take over the next 30 days to remedy the situation.
“It seems Instagram took it upon themselves to delete my account. I am assuming it was because I gained so many followers over my son’s death due to Biden’s negligence, ignorance, and him being a traitor!”Shana Chappell
She is positive she will get kicked off Facebook, too, saying she will not be silenced. “You deleted my account because my son’s blood is on Biden’s hands. 13 Hero’s blood is on Biden’s hands.”
Instagram quickly restored the account, saying it was “incorrectly deleted.”
Accident or not, Instagram cannot pretend their severe overreach did not happen. Censorship was gone way too far when it silences a mother’s grief for a son who gave his all for his country.