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Even 50 Cent Is Upset With Big Tech’s Censorship

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

Famous rapper 50 Cent announced Wednesday in an ostensibly final post that he is leaving Instagram because it censors too much of his content.

“I’m leaving IG, I’m going back to Twitter. They take shit down off my page with out [sic] notifying me #censorthesenuts,” 50 Cent proclaimed in a post while holding what appears to be a glass of wine.

He also shared the same post on Twitter, his new social media platform of choice. 50 Cent has roughly 10.1 million followers on Twitter, and more than 18 million on Instagram.

A fairly prominent music blog claims the proverbial last straw for 50 Cent was when Instagram took down a sex tape of another musical artist that he posted on his profile. The alleged victim of revenge porn said she plans on pursuing justice in this case, while not naming 50 Cent specifically. (RELATED: Revenge Porn And The Tricky, Delicate Balance Between Freedom Of Speech And Freedom Of Privacy)

If the censored content in question was pornographic material, then that would clearly violate rules established by Instagram, which is owned by Facebook. And 50 Cent defying Instagram in favor of Twitter due to censorship concerns is dubious since Twitter is accused just as much, if not more, of inappropriately restricting users’ sharing capabilities, or banning them altogether. Overall, how much either are beacons of complete free expression is doubtful.

Nevertheless, 50 Cent — who filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection a couple of years ago, and has had other apparently considerable setbacks — has spoken; Twitter it is.

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