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Is Instagram Removing #SandraBland?

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A mere 36 posts using #SandraBland show up on Instagram after thousands of pictures went up in response to the woman whose death incited people across the nation.

As of 5:30 p.m. (July 26), Instagram is only showing the “Top Posts,” rather than the 233,278 posts that have been uploaded with the hashtag.

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Other social media sites are still showing all the posts related to #SandraBland, including Twitter and Instagram’s owner, Facebook. But others wonder if this will be a new tactic by social media platforms.

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Instagram has not immediately responded to why the posts are missing.

Bland was pulled over by a Waller County police officer in Texas on July 10 after failing to signal while switching lanes. In a video recorded from a dash cam, the cop is seen throwing Bland to the ground after asking her to exit her vehicle. It’s still unclear why she had to exit her vehicle for receiving a ticket. She was then arrested it was later announced that the 28-year-old allegedly asphyxiated herself in her cell. But many followers of the story disbelieve the statement provided by the Texas officers.

Bland’s mother is also among those who disbelieve the record of events.

“I am the mom and I’m telling you that baby did not take herself out,” said Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, in the eulogy for Bland. “I still don’t know what happened to my baby.”

“Once I put this baby in the ground, I’m ready…this means war,” said Reed-Veal.

Bland was laid to rest on Saturday morning (July 25). The results of Bland’s autopsy showed that she died from asphyxiation.

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Victoria Johnson
Freelance entertainment and politics writer. 1/2 of the #NerdsOnHipHop podcast. I'm also known to dabble in photography and graphic design.

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