Well, folks, I need your support over this issue. Do share it and voice your opinion to expose this unethical practice. I have been in the IFB community every since I started blogging four years ago. I have been featured in various Links a la Moda sections. However, I was banned yesterday (from IFB's twitter account) after a particular conversation in twitter. Following are the screenshots of the conversation I had yesterday with this blogger named Lauren, who is possibly a close associate of IFB or handles their twitter account.
And minutes after this particular conversation, I found myself banned from IFB's account!
I would like to point out the following:
1. IFB tweeted saying they would delete any disrespectful tweets. But the ONLY tweet that I had replied to IFB was the very first one when I stated that peplums and lace are out of trend. Was that really disrespectful? Moreover, without any prior warning I was banned/blocked by the IFB twitter account and later labelled a 'SNARK'. Now I wonder whether that is in any manner an ethical way to treat a community member who has been an active participant for four years.
2. Lauren (@everyday_runway) sneaked into the conversation I was having with IFB. All I did was have an open discussion about fashion. Neither did I abuse her, talk about her personal life or breach any other ethical code. It's unfair on her part to misuse what-so-ever influence she has over the community to get me blocked. Later she proudly tweeted "haha love it, POWER to the positive!". Whoa!!
3. I truly regret and criticize this attitude from both IFB and Lauren. Therefore I demand an apology from IFB moderators for this DISRESPECTFUL behaviour towards me and also ask the community to snap ties with these bloggers who misuse the so-called 'positive power' given to them.
4. Dear readers, contrary to Lauren's statements which stated fashion being a self expression or being independent of trends is not EXACTLY right. Its disappointing to see this coming from a fashion blogger with 2K followers.
P.S. I have already emailed the team at IFB and eagerly waiting for a response.
UPDATE: 27th June
As I had mentioned earlier that I had taken the issue up with the team at IFB. The founder, Jennine Jacob replied me stating that the twitter block has been lifted.
Things have been sorted out. I thank everyone who shared this post. I thank everybody who showed some spine and raised their voice and opinion. Got nothing more to add.
TRUE! Love it! Power to positive :)