James O'Keefe

Mentions Restricted

Instagram has restricted users from mentioning or tagging James O'Keefe's account using his user handle: Instagram placed a restriction on James O'Keefe, founder of guerrilla journalism organization Project Veritas, and his verified account. Users who attempt to mention O'Keefe's user handle "@jamesokeefiii" are met with a notice that reads, "jamesokeefeiii can't be @mentioned because it has repeatedly posted content that goes against our Community Guidelines on false content about COVID-19 or vaccines." The platform did not mention any specific violating content. Both Project Veritas and James O'Keefe have posted content exposing private comments made by employees of Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Services. Mentions help larger accounts communicate with their following and make it easier for the accounts to find related posts from smaller accounts.