Animal rights group PETA did not call for censorship of 'violent' Instagram page
Social media posts claim that animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) tweeted calling for the removal of a "violent" Instagram page that allegedly shows graphic photos of nature. The claim is false; the tweet is a hoax and was not published by PETA, according to a spokesperson of the organisation and searches in the digital archives of its official Twitter timeline.
"@ruthless.nature are under attack from PETA," reads this Instagram post from June 15. "Please follow them to show them support and to show PETA that internet censorship is not okay!"
The post has received more than 1,800 likes.
The image appears to show a tweet from PETA criticising an Instagram account called 'Ruthless Nature', which has more than 150,000 followers and posts photos of "the ruthless side of nature".
"BREAKING: New investigation reveals shocking footage on the instagram account Ruthless.Nature," it reads. "Ruthless.Nature claims that their content is 'just nature' but it is far too violent for the instagram platform and needs to be censored immediately! They should not be on instagram."
However, the tweet featured in the image is a hoax.
A PETA spokesperson told AFP that the tweet is "fake" and was not posted by the organisation.
AFP Fact Check has debunked similar hoax tweets, such as one purporting to connect antivirus software creator John McAfee to a Miami condo collapse.