Instagram grants Ramon Abbas, popularly known as Hushpuppi, access to continue using his social media account despite facing conviction for fraud.
Dubai-based The National reported that Instagram declared Hushpuppi free and grants him access to continue using his social media account as he did not violate the social media platform’s laws.
According to UAE-based The National, though Hushpuppi lived a luxurious life in Dubai based on the proceeds of crime, his crimes do not violate social media laws and, so, his Instagram account may not be closed.
The National quoted the social media service are saying that it had well-established processes with law enforcement and a policy on “inmate takedown requests” in place for prisoners active on social media.
And, though Abbas has not posted on Instagram to his 2.5 million followers since June 2020, his followers recently opted to mark his 39th birthday on September 4 — ahead of the October 11 date.
Instagram’s global team said to The National that Hushpuppi would be free to continue to use his social media account “unless directed otherwise from law enforcement in the US, where he is awaiting sentencing.”
Hushpuppi is currently being held in the United States for financial offences bordering on wire fraud to which he has pleaded guilty and stands to face a 20-year jail term if convicted.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office at the Central District of California, Hushpuppi will be sentenced in late October 2021.