- Jessy Taylor’s Instagram account with 100,000 followers was deleted by the platform a week ago.
- Instagram has just reinstated the account, and said it was removed “in error.”
- Taylor said it was removed in the first place because “haters” kept reporting her as “spam.”
- She said it feels amazing to have her account back, and sometimes “you have to go thru the rain to get to the rainbow.”
- She also doesn’t think she would have gotten her account back if it wasn’t for the media coverage.
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When Instagram influencer Jessy Taylor’s Instagram account was deleted a week ago, she uploaded a video to YouTube tearfully explaining how she was “nothing” without her following and had none of the skills required for a “normal” job.
She had over 100,000 followers, but kept getting reported as “spam,” leading Instagram to remove her account.
She told INSIDER the trolls and online hate were a result of her past racist remarks, controversies and public arguments, and the fact she “keeps it too real.”
She added that losing her account felt like “a murder,” and she even phoned the police, but they told her she couldn’t compare what happened to a homicide.
One of Taylor’s fans gave her a new account, @duhitsjessy, to use, which currently has 13,200 followers.
However, just one week after she uploaded the video called “STOP REPORTING MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT,” Taylor’s original account has been reinstated.
“It feels amazing!” she told INSIDER. “I had one of the founders contact me and they told one of the tech people to give my Instagram back and I got an email!”
INSIDER previously asked Instagram to explain why Taylor’s account had been removed, but they usually don’t comment on individual cases.
However, a few hours later a spokesperson got in touch to say Taylor’s account was deactivated “in error.”
“We apologize for the inconvenience caused,” a spokesperson said. “We worked to rectify the mistake as soon as we were notified and have already taken steps to prevent this from happening in the future.”
Although Taylor was initially distraught when her account was deleted, she now says seven days without it changed her life “in the best way.”
“I will never be the same and this was a blessing in disguise,” she told INSIDER. “You have to go thru the rain to get to the rainbow.” (sic)
She also thinks she never would have gotten the account back without the media coverage.
“My friend had half a million and his still isn’t back,” she said. “I don’t think it was an error in my opinion. I don’t think they were ever going to give my account back.”
But it looks like Taylor’s haters aren’t going anywhere.
On her latest selfie on her old account jessytaylorduh, people have commented “Let’s all report her again,” and “Hope ur insta gets deleted,” as well as many others telling her to “get a real job.”