Justin Bieber, the world’s sixth biggest Instagram user, has deleted his account and left the photo and video service.
The Canadian singer had 77.9 million Instagram followers, followed only 75 users and had posted 3,779 images and videos, according to data from Social Blade, which made him one of the biggest draws for users to the Facebook-owned social media site.
Bieber first turned his account to private, limiting access to his photos to those he manually approved, before deleting his account in its entirety leaving visitors to Bieber’s account page are greeted simply with a “Sorry, this page isn’t available” message.
A row with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez, 24, appears to have been the cause of Bieber’s Instagram disappearing act. He recently posted a series of photos with Sofia Richie, 17, daughter of Lionel Richie, with whom he is allegedly in a relationship.
Fans reacted badly to the new photos, leading to Bieber threatening to shut them out.
Bieber said: “I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand, if you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
Gomez then replied: “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only. Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you. They were there for you before anyone.”
Bieber responded with: “It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way. Sad. All love.
“I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my beliebers.”
Bieber is the latest in a long line of high-profile celebrities and public figures facing hostility on social media, with Twitter in particular being accused of failing to adequately deal with abuse.
It has stepped up efforts to tackle the problem, with new reporting tools and a quality filter that aims to help keep out abuse from user timelines. It also embarked on an extension of its verification programme, which confirms users are who they claim to be, which was recently only available for public figures.
But Twitter’s moves have been too late for some, including Stephen Fry, Alec Baldwin, Adele, Simon Pegg, Lady Gaga, Jack Monroe and others who have taken breaks or left the service entirely.
Instagram and Facebook have faired better than Twitter. Rihanna took a six-month hiatus from Instagram in 2014 after the social network shut down her account in response to her posting of topless pictures.
Should Bieber and other celebrities leave Instagram for good, the photo-sharing service may have a major problem on its hands. While many users share photos with their friends, high-profile characters are a major draw. Should celebrities decide to decamp to rival services such as Twitter, which recently improved its media sharing features, or to quit altogether, Facebook could gain users from Instagram.
Bieber recently shut his Snapchat account too, and has retreated to using only Twitter and Facebook. He posted a photo of himself and dog Todd to Facebook last night.
Justin Bieber has apparently made good on a threat to take his Instagram account offline amid a bout of drama with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez. As of early Tuesday morning, his account — the scene of much of the drama — was listed by Instagram as unavailable.
The shenanigans really begin with Sofia Richie, Lionel Richie’s 17-year-old daughter and Bieber’s purported new girlfriend. Fans were bizarrely upset over the relationship, and took to the comments section of Bieber’s Instagram photos to tell him this — prompting the singer to threaten to make his account private if they didn’t mellow out.
Things were fine until Gomez got involved. “If you can’t handle the hate, then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol- It should be special between you two only,” she wrote in Bieber’s comments. “Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you and supported you before any one ever did.”
“It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way,” Bieber responded. “Sad. All love.”
The Canadian singer and his ex, Selena Gomez, spent last weekend trading insults on the photo and video sharing app.
It all started after Justin Bieber posted a series of photos of him and his new girlfriend, Sofia Richie.
After getting abuse from some fans, he threatened to make his Instagram account private.
“I’m gonna make my Instagram private if you guys don’t stop the hate this is getting out of hand,” he wrote on the final picture that he posted.
“If you guys are really fans you wouldn’t be so mean to people that I like.”
But it appears Justin Bieber’s gone one step further than making his account private.
This is what you see when you search for Justin Bieber’s account now, so it’s either deleted or suspended.
Selena Gomez commented below the picture at the weekend telling him to stop posting photos of his girlfriend if he didn’t want a backlash.
She wrote: “If you can’t handle the hate then stop posting pictures of your girlfriend lol – it should be special between you two only.
“Don’t be mad at your fans. They love you and supported you before any one ever did.”
But after Selena’s comment, Justin hit back with a cryptic message which seemed to suggest that the US singer had used him to become famous.
“It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way,” he wrote. “Sad. All love.”
He then posted another comment which said: “I’m not one for anyone receiving hate. Hope u all can be kind to my friends and each other. And yes I love my Believers.”
But Selena Gomez apparently wasn’t about to let Justin Bieber have the last word.
She wrote: “Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive, no wonder fans are mad. Sad. All love.”
Selena later shared a Snapchat photo with the words: “What I said was selfish and pointless.”
Justin Bieber was in Japan over the weekend with model Sofia on his Purpose World Tour.
She’s Nicole Richie’s half-sister, singer Lionel Richie’s daughter and she’s friends with the likes of Kylie Jenner to Bella Hadid.
Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez had an on-and-off relationship from 2011 until they finally split up in 2014, although they have been spotted and photographed together several times since then.
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