Without warning, the Instagram account of the uber-popular Warwick Rowers disappeared from the social media platform.
The rowing club of athletic lads from Warwickshire in the UK has produced a cheeky calendar since 2009.
Proceeds from the calendar benefit the Rowers’ outreach program, Sport Allies, which works to eliminate homophobia in sports through education and support of young LGBT athletes.
The team tweeted yesterday that the Instagram account had been ‘deactivated’ without warning. “We’re hoping this is a mistake and are waiting for them to allow us back on the platform to keep spreading our message,” wrote the rowers.
As you may have noticed, our @instagram account has been permanently deactivated without any reason communicated to us. We’re hoping this is a mistake and are waiting for them to allow us back on the platform to keep spreading our message @outmagazine https://t.co/9cAcyd5miT
— Warwick Rowers (@warwick_rowers) June 18, 2018
Before the account was deleted the athletes had amassed over 180,000 followers on the social media platform.
The Warwick Rowers have appealed the suspension multiple times to Instagram.
The rowers and Instagram have a long history of disagreeing on the content guidelines for the photo-sharing platform.
Instagram’s content guidelines state that they will remove images of “sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.”
The vast majority of the Warwick Rowers content conforms to those guidelines.
Here’s a promotional video for their 2016 calendar.
UPDATE: Just hours after news of the deletion from Instagram, the Warwick Rowers’ account is back.
The guys posted the below photo with the caption, “Back on IG got us like: woop woop #bunsout.”