An ASMR muscle treamer with 1.6 million followers on Instagram claims that she will be extorted by someone who says she will stop Instagram from deleting her photos if she pays thousands of dollars a month.
Kaitlyn Siragusa, 25, who passed by & # 39; Amouranth & # 39; goes on the Twitch stream – a streaming platform where Siragusa places ASMR videos & – has since June removed nearly a dozen of its Instagram photos & # 39; s for & # 39; violation of community guidelines & # 39 ;.
Days after the first incident, the Houston-based streamer received an email from someone claiming to be a content moderator for Facebook and Instagram & # 39; s technology company Cognizant, asking for monthly payments of 0.25 bitcoin – about $ 2,600 to make sure to ensure that her photos are not deleted.
& # 39; I am sure you have recently noticed that [many] messages and stories have been deleted, & # 39; was in the email. & # 39; Maybe we can reach an agreement in private. & # 39;
Kaitlyn Siragusa, 25, visits & # 39; Amouranth & # 39; on Twitch stream – a streaming platform where she places ASMR videos & # 39; s
This photo was deleted by Instagram because it did not meet the Instagram guidelines for nudity or pornography
She claims she is extorted by someone asking for thousands of dollars to stop Instagram deleting her photos.
Siragusa – which makes money with video streaming, online modeling and relies on Instagram to promote itself – received a notification from Instagram for the first time on June 1 that its messages had been removed for violating the content guidelines.
The photo showed her standing by the pool in a skinny bikini, like many of her other photos, and complied with Instagram policy, she said.
The blackmailer signed the email as & # 39; Tampa & # 39; where the Cognizant office is located.
But Siragusa told it Huffington Post that she didn't think much about the emails and assumed that it was a scammer reporting her messages and posing as a content moderator.
That was until the following month when blackmail & # 39; Tampa & # 39; e-mailed again after another of her photos was taken.
& # 39; I am sure you have noticed that two extra messages have been struck and deleted. Your messages were posted on April 3 at 10:18 am and July 2 at 11:54 am & # 39 ;, said one one emails. Another stated: & # 39; July 12 at 10:34 am & # 39 ;.
& # 39; When I saw the time stamps, I was worried, & # 39; Siragusa said Huffington Post. & # 39; I realized this was probably a real person with Instagram. & # 39;
Instagram time stamps are only visible to the users who upload them. She confirmed that the timestamps that Tampa listened to were correct.
This was the first email Siragusa received from someone who claimed to be a content moderator who extorted her
The person asked for monthly payments of 0.25 bitcoin – about $ 2,600 to ensure that her messages are not deleted
Siragusa contacted her agent who arranged a recorded phone call with Facebook – who owns Instagram.
During the 20-minute conversation, the Siragusa agent explained the extortion plot by a self-proclaimed Instagram moderator.
& # 39; I cannot reply to the emails you receive & # 39 ;, the representative replied in the recorded conversation of the Huffington Post.
The representative said that Siragusa's posts were rightfully deleted & # 39; because they are & # 39; sexually suggestive & # 39; goods.
One of the photos that was marked for & # 39; nudity or pornography & # 39; contained a photo of her in a Hooters uniform pouring water on himself.
The representative said it was removed because she had & # 39; her hand on her chest and things like that & # 39; and & # 39; she pours water on herself & # 39 ;.
A Facebook representative said that the messages from Siragusa & # 39; rightly & # 39; were deleted because they were & # 39; sexually suggestive & # 39; goods
& # 39; I feel it is almost impossible for individuals – even people with millions of followers – to face Facebook, & # 39; Siragusa said.
Siragusa has come under fire for posting Twitch videos where he spewed out racial statements, including the p-word and the n-word.
In a statement to the Huffington Post, a Facebook spokesperson said the representative of Siragusa's representative spoke & # 39; is not familiar with the details of the Community Guidelines, nor is it their responsibility to communicate them & # 39 ;.
The tech giant assured that the photos of the Siragusa were marked as spam or nude by artificial intelligence and not by user reports.
Facebook added: & # 39; We take such allegations very seriously. We have investigated this issue and have found no evidence of abuse. & # 39;
Every time a photo is deleted, Instagram limits activity on the account for 14 days – meaning that the Siragusa's account has been stripped for weeks – which has affected her business.
She has been warned that if she breaks the rules again, her account may be disabled.
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