An Instagram account featuring comic strips depicting the struggles of gay Muslims in Indonesia was closed down on Wednesday after it sparked a frenzy of moral outrage.
The government’s information ministry had requested that the account be shut down for violating the majority Muslim nation’s strict pornography laws, and threatened to block the social media platform if it did not do so.
The authorities claimed that Instagram had removed the account, under the name @Alpantuni, after their demands.
However, Instagram said it was not involved.
“There are a number of other reasons why an account may not longer be accessible, including, for example, if the account holder deleted the account, deactivated the account, or changed the account username,” an Instagram spokesman told Reuters. The Daily Telegraph approached the company for comment, but it did not respond.
The closure of the account comes amid a sustained crackdown in recent years on the Southeast Asian country’s LGBT community that has targeted them with specialised taskforces and social nuisance laws, and prompted raids on gay saunas and private homes.