A popular Twitch streamer known as ‘Squid Game’ was temporarily banned from Instagram after she said fans of the Netflix series may have mass-reported her account

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Twitch streamer Lydia Ellery said she was banned from Instagram after Squid Game fans mass-reported her account. Thomas Trutschel/Photothek via Getty Images

  • A Twitch streamer was temporarily banned from using her “@squidgame” Instagram account.

  • Lydia Ellery has been using the “@squidgame” Instagram handle since 2012.

  • While Ellery regained account access, she said she has been “inundated with messages” from fans.

A Twitch streamer who owns the “@squidgame” Instagram handle said that she believes the platform took down her account because fans of the Netflix show “Squid Game” either mass reported her account or tried to gain access to it.

Lydia Ellery, who also uses the “@squidgame” handle on Twitch, said on Twitter that she briefly lost access to her Instagram account on Friday. Ellery has been posting on the Instagram account since November 2012.

Ellery has 42,300 followers on Twitch, where she’s a member of the platform’s Partnership Program. She is also part of the streaming collective Yogscast, which has over 7 million YouTube subscribers.

In a tweet on Friday, Ellery said she was “banned” from Instagram and that she believed it was either because “so many people have been trying” to log into the account or that people mass-reported the account. Mass-reporting refers to the practice of many users reporting an account in order to trigger the platform’s automated banning algorithm. There is not currently any evidence that the practice actually works, though there have been reports of it being used as a tactic in the past.

“I think so many people have been trying to log into my account or reporting it (squidgame) that instagram have banned me [sic],” she tweeted on Friday. “Very not cool.” She said in a later tweet that fans of the Netflix hit have left her “inundated” with messages.

Ellery told Insider in an email on Monday that she had since made it back into her account, but that the ban was due to her account violating the platform’s policies against “impersonating someone else,” according to the automated message she received from the Facebook-owned company when attempting to log in. (Insider reviewed a screenshot of the message taken by the streamer.) Ellery said she had not corresponded with Instagram about the ban.

Instagram has not responded to Insider’s inquiry regarding why Ellery’s account was taken down.

Ellery added that fans were still messaging her because they were either “angry” she had the account or wanted the account for themselves.

Several comments across Ellery’s latest posts reference “Squid Game,” with some users also appearing to ask her to give them her handle.

Squid Game, which debuted on Netflix on September 17, has soared to the platform’s top spot in the US. According to Netflix’s co-CEO Ted Sarandos, the series is currently on track to beat “Bridgerton” as Netflix’s biggest show of all time. The Korean-language drama follows people in extreme debt who enter a competition involving deadly versions of children’s games for the chance to win a massive cash prize.

On September 8, shortly following Ellery’s tweets, a Reddit user posted about her issues in the popular subreddit r/Livestreamfails. This post later became Number 1 on Reddit’s front page, that day according to Ellery. At the time of writing, the Reddit post has 59,000 upvotes.

In a tweet on Saturday, Ellery thanked followers for helping spread the word about her banned account, as it was successfully “unbanned.”

“Not sure what to do about my SquidGame name […] but hopefully this won’t happen again,” she said.

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