Instagram Obeys Islamic Sharia Authorities, Shuts Down Gay Comics

Instagram helped Islamic authorities of sharia government and law shut down an online comic account because the Islamic authorities were hot and bothered by cartoons they ruled as anathema because of homosexual situations depicted in the comic strips published in Indonesia. (Instagram photo)

Channel News Asia – Instagram on Wednesday (Feb 13) shut down an account that published comic strips about the struggles of a gay Muslim in Indonesia after it sparked a backlash in the world’s biggest Islamic nation.

The move comes after Indonesia’s communications ministry sent a letter to the social media giant warning that the “pornographic” content violated an electronic information law.

The now-deleted account, which had about 6,000 followers, published a dozen posts depicting a gay Muslim man named Alpantuni who talked about discrimination and his life in a conservative family.

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