Glam influencer ‘shadowbanned’ from Instagram after sharing Cuban protest video
Curvy Cuban Neyleen Ashley has hit out at being "shadowbanned" from Instagram after sharing a brutal protest video.
The glamourous influencer had shared harrowing footage of an unarmed man being violently shoved to the floor by four other men as a woman screamed in the background.
She shared the alleged crimes against Cuban citizens amid protests against the government with her 2.4 million Instagram followers.
Cuban-American Neyleen, 32, told Jam Press: "I have been using my platform to try to bring awareness because there is a deficit when it comes to big-time media coverage or anything like that. No one‘s really talking about Cuba.
"I have messaged Latin musician Ozuna on Instagram asking if he was going to post about Cuba and he ignored me.
"I’ve tagged Jennifer Lopez and the Kardashians but no one is helping. I have even gone to the White House to protest."
Neyleen, whose grandparents moved to America from Cuba, went on: "People are turning a blind eye. If it’s not relatable they just don’t want to talk about it.
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"Although they see the images, although they know that people are starving and fighting for their life and protesting for freedom, people are not even acknowledging the fact that Cuba is hurting right now and it’s really painful."
Protests began on July 11 in reaction to the Cuban government's response to the resurgent Covid-19 pandemic and the shortage of food and medicine.
Described as the largest anti-government demonstrations since the uprising in 1984, protesters are also challenging many of the regime’s processes.
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Neyleen said: "For as long as I can remember, my grandfather would tell me that I was not allowed to visit Cuba because all of the money that I would spend there would go directly to the government.
"He told me how taxi drivers make more money than a doctor, and how locals aren’t allowed to step foot on tourist grounds.
"When you think of Cuba you imagine it as like a beautiful paradise but the truth is life is anything but paradise for the citizens of Cuba.
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"Officials make sure to keep tourists away from the real poverty and gross negligence that is happening there.
"I have family in Cuba right now that are starving and extremely scared."
Working as an influencer, Neyleen relies on her social media platforms to share ideas and thoughts with her fans but since posting about the protests she claims her accounts have been "shadowbanned".
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She said: "I never thought standing up for my motherland, my people, would essentially make me lose my job. I’ve lost followers, I’ve gotten death threats and I’ve been called a racist.
"Every social media outlet I have utilised as a resource has shadowbanned and hidden my posts significantly.
"I have taken it upon myself to make sure that I use my platform to influence for good and to spread awareness and to share Cuba’s story.
"People need to know what’s really going on because there are people dying right now just for wanting their freedom."
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