Internet personality Trisha Patyas’ main Instagram account, @trishapaytas, has disappeared. While Paytas first said that the account had been disabled for 30 days, she later claimed in a TikTok post that it had been “completely deleted.”
Paytas, 32, is a controversial internet creator who joined YouTube in 2007 and still posts on her main channel blndsundoll4mj, where she has approximately 4.83 million subscribers. Known for her regular involvement in internet drama, she also has a substantial following on other social media platforms as well, including Twitter (685,000 followers) and TikTok (3.8 million followers).
Paytas is also an OnlyFans content creator. OnlyFans is a subscription-based platform that many sex workers use to sell erotic content. As Insider’s Canela López reported, many turned to the platform during the pandemic after losing their jobs and while the platform isn’t limited to erotic content, it’s become largely associated with it.
On Monday, Paytas began to post about how her main Instagram account had been disabled, saying in a TikTok video that she had been notified that her account had been disabled for 30 days. In another TikTok video from Monday, Paytas said that she had announcements to make on Instagram later in the week, prompting people to follow her backup account, @trishapaytasbackup, which currently has nearly 100,000 followers.
On Tuesday morning, she spoke further about her account being disabled in a YouTube video titled “URGENT!!!!!!” In the video, she said that her main Instagram had 2.2 million followers before it was disabled and that she had posted a discount code for Adam & Eve, a retailer that sells sex toys, lingerie, and other sex-related items.
“I was like, confused because I got some warnings obviously like ‘don’t promote OnlyFans,’ so I took it out of my bio, I didn’t put it in descriptions… I really wasn’t doing swipe-up [link promotions] at all, I had gotten the warnings,” she said in the video. “I think I posted something about Adam & Eve and my discount code, and it got, it was disabled when I logged in.”
As Mashable’s Anna Iovine reported, sex workers have raised concerns about being targeted under Instagram’s December 20 update, which Instagram told Mashable was focused on advertising data, IP usage, and licensing. The company said in a tweet from its communications account that the new update is not targeted at sex workers and that “nothing will change about the way we enforce our policies on 12/20.”
Instagram also told Mashable at the time that it doesn’t “take action simply because accounts post OnlyFans links, we take action if these links are shared alongside content attempting to share or offer sexual materials, or coordinate sexual encounters between adults.”
However, as Mashable, as well as other outlets including Bitch Media and Insider, have reported in recent years, sex workers have long accused Instagram of targeting them by banning or “shadowbanning” – suppressing a user’s content – them on the platform. For many sex workers, platforms like Instagram or TikTok, from which Rolling Stone’s Ej Dickson recently reported that sex workers are being ‘purged,’ allow them to build followings that are crucial to their work.
It’s still unclear exactly why Paytas’ account disappeared and for how long it will be inaccessible. Both Instagram and Paytas did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.