So, I googled how I could get my account back. A video tutorial on YouTube says I should report to IG that my account has been hacked. The guy in the video boasts he was able to retrieve his account in 24 hours because this technique can get to IG’s contact center faster than if I followed the appeal instructions for disabled account in the app (which was actually the first thing I did by clicking the “Learn More” in the photo below).
Call me desperate but I followed the guy’s advice. This was Monday night. I would receive an email from the IG team a few minutes later containing some codes and instructions that I should follow “before they could help me.” I provided everything they asked of me and the next day, Tuesday, I received another email from them informing me that my account has not been hacked but disabled. I replied to the email saying that it was a mistake. I also explained my side and asked them to tell me which specific term I have violated and when. In the end, I requested politely that my account be activated again. I haven’t received a reply from them up to this day to my consternation. Even the appeal instructions in the app that I followed (wherein I shared some of my IG-related information and uploaded a photo of my valid ID) hasn’t given me a feedback yet. I’m trying to be optimistic here (as I had long said goodbye to my pessimistic self), but I don’t wanna get my hopes too high.
I guess it can be told now. My IG account @edelweiss_19 is dead. Unless a miracle happens, that username that belongs to yours truly, along with the photos, memories, captions, hashtags, comments, mentions, and all other interactions attached to it, is now gone. I feel terrible just thinking about it. But you know, that’s life. Bad things like that happen all the time. I, therefore, declare that this misery is going to be short-lived!
Now, should I leave IG for good? The thought crossed my mind. But then, I enjoy using IG. I always have fun looking at photos in my feed and checking out the profiles and photo collections of my IG friends. Sayang naman, naisip ko! Plus, I can always sign up for a new account. Actually, as of this writing, @edeltecho on IG is active. Yes, that’s my new username. I will surely miss @edelweiss_19 as it has been my official username online, but on IG, it’s going to be a different one now.
To my IG friends out there, I’ll follow you again using @edeltecho and I hope you’ll reciprocate the gesture. If you get to follow me first, then I’ll make sure to follow you also. 🙂