(FOX NEWS) - Donald Trump Jr. accused the “social media gods” at Instagram of bias and censorship Tuesday after a photo of him smiling alongside a wounded U.S. Army veteran was reportedly deleted from the platform.
The president’s eldest son posed with retired Army Sgt. Omar "Crispy" Avila at an NRA convention in Indianapolis last week. The veteran from Texas claimed that Instagram took down the photo from his account.
“I honestly don’t know why this picture was taken down by Instagram,” Avila wrote Monday on a repost of the image. “Not sure what guidelines it violates But here we go again… Thank you @donaldjtrumpjr for always taking the time out your busy schedule to say hello to chat.”
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INSTAGRAM IS AT IT AGAIN WITH THEIR BIAS DELETING POSTS. Time time the deleted my friend @crispy11b’s post that was simply a post of him and I catching up at the NRA show. There was nothing harsh or political in there and as usual it magically somehow “violated @Instagram standards”, presumably because I’m in it and that’s too much for the social media gods in California. Omar aka Crispy is a vet severely wounded in conflict who has undergone I believe over 100 surgeries to fix the damage done. He’s been a vocal supporter of other wounded vets and an inspiration to so many because despite everything he manages to live his life to the fullest. His adventures often documented right here are amazing and I’ve never once seen anything but an incredible attitude towards life despite the obvious difficulties. This man is amazing and he should not be censored, in fact we would be better off as a nation with many more with his attitude, demeanor, and patriotism. I suggest you give him a follow. The bullshit has to stop. If Instagram can censor a hero like this who the hell won’t they suppress??? #america #hero #censorship
Trump Jr. posted the photo to his official Instagram account on Tuesday with some harsh words for the Facebook-owned app. It remains unclear whether Instagram did remove the original image from the platform.
“INSTAGRAM IS AT IT AGAIN WITH THEIR BIAS DELETING POSTS,” Trump Jr. wrote Tuesday. “There was nothing harsh or political in there and as usual it magically somehow ‘violated @Instagram standards,’ presumably because I’m in it.”
“If @instagram can censor this great American hero for simply posting a picture with me, who won’t they censor? The bias has to stop. It’s gone too far,” Trump Jr. added on Twitter.
He concluded his Instagram post by praising the “severely wounded” Avila for his positive use of Instagram to spread messages of support for other wounded veterans.
“His adventures often documented right here are amazing,” he wrote. “I’ve never once seen anything but an incredible attitude towards life despite the obvious.”