Instagram Please Allow Swipe-up Links for Everyone

Instagram Please Allow Swipe-up Links for Everyone

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Murjana Marafa started this petition to Instagram and

In light of pressing social issues such as Black Lives Matter, a lot of social media users are taking the opportunity to share important links with each other that are informative or supportive. We feel that it is important, especially at a time like this, to make resources easily accessible for anyone who is willing to help but might not know where to start. As such, we believe that it is problematic for Instagram to only allow accounts that have over 10,000 followers or are verified to add a 'swipe-up' link to their Instagram stories. 

The message it sends reinforces inequality in a subtle form, as it implies that some people's posts are worth sharing while others are not. Especially consider the implications where many influencers only have such numbers of followers in the first place because of their racial and financial privilege that allows them to live the lavish lifestyle that garners more followers. To continue the message that only if you are of this group are your links worth sharing, is plainly wrong. 

We would like for Instagram to open up the 'swipe-up' option for all users. 

If the issue is bots, we recommend that given that we already have a mechanism for email and phone number verification on Instagram, perhaps Instagram can require one more verification code to be done before individuals can access the swipe-up to link option. 

Thank you for reading! 

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