The noted YouTuber, streamer, and New York Subliners substitute announced that his account had been deleted via Twitter on January 3, appearing to be completely perplexed as to why it had “randomly” gone offline.
While he had the full use of his other social media outlets, no word was given as to the reason for his Instagram’s deletion until the next day.
my instagram got deleted randomly... 😲
— Doug Censor Martin (@Censor) January 3, 2020
On January 4, Censor uploaded a video explaining the scenario, claiming that he never received an email or notification from the platform concerning the matter.
However, it doesn’t look like Censor broke the site’s Terms of Service: instead, it seems that his account went offline due to changing his account name to @Censor, after parting ways with esports giant FaZe Clan in October 2018.
“I thought it was the weirdest thing,” he explained. “I changed my name on Instagram to @Censor. The OG @Censor. It took me five years. I finally got the name.”
According to the CoD pro, Instagram effectively “merged” his old account with his new one, and when the process was complete, deleted his account altogether — but he’s hopeful that the page will return on Monday, January 6.
“They take the account ‘@Censor,’ which is the account that I had, and they download all of my followers onto the account, and then they merge that account with my new account,” he continued. “...I’m assuming that the account got processed, and because of that, it got deleted.”
My instagram account is GONE pic.twitter.com/AsJSWhIJ6Q
— Doug Censor Martin (@Censor) January 4, 2020
The star went on to ask for help from other verified account holders on the platform, as he claimed the process might be limited to verified personalities.
For now, fans will have to wait for his regular workout videos — but the good news is that his account will hopefully be up and running very soon (with the original name, at that).