The mother of one of the 13 US military service members who were killed in an ISIS suicide bombing attack in Kabul was suspended from social media after expressing criticism for President Biden.
Shana Chappell, mother of Marine Kareem Nikoui was removed from Instagram after posting messages reportedly similar to those on her Facebook. “President Joe Biden, this [message] is for you! I know my face is etched into your brain! I was able to look you straight in the eyes yesterday and have words with you.” Her Facebook post continued, “After I lay my son to rest you will be seeing me again! Remember I am the one who stood 5 inches from your face and was letting you know I would never get to hug my son again, hear his laugh, and then you tried to interrupt me and give me your own sob story and I had to tell you ‘that this isn’t about you so don’t make it about you!!!’”
She added: “You then said you just wanted me to know that you know how I feel and I let you know that you don’t know how I feel and you do not have the right to tell me you know how I feel!” While the posts were emotionally driven, they did not seem to violate any of the platform’s rules.
Soon after Chappell shared the Instagram ban on Facebook, the story went viral and Instagram claimed the ban was an error. The platform told the New York Times, “We express our deepest condolences to Ms. Chappell and her family. Her tribute to her heroic son does not violate any of our policies. While the post was not removed, her account was incorrectly deleted and we have since restored it.”
On August 26th, an ISIS group claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan that killed 13 US military service members and injured over 50 Afghans.