We sure never thought the day would come where Instagrammers would put on ‘real worker’ shoes. Creators and accounts known for posting memes, are now coming together to form a union. And this union, like any other labor union, has its own vision and agenda to push across. Say hello to the ‘IG Meme Union’.
Instagram Meme Union–It all started with one account and a Shrek meme
A single memer, @possumkratom69 put up this Shrek meme, which reads “Who wants to start a memer union”?
“Seriously i see peoples pages getting deleted, hear all sorts of horror stories of predatory behavior from advertisers. what if we organized and seized the meme factory for the workers?”
And in barely a week, this post went viral– with many buying into the idea. Now IG Meme Union Local 69-420 is up and ready to roll. Not only does it have 5700 followers already, it also has a website with information on their goals!
The union is focused on holding Instagram accountable to its ever-changing algorithms
A spokesperson for the union, Paul Praindo, threw more light on their affairs. He said to EDMtunes.com;
“We’re calling it a union and doing union-organizing tactics…We stand in firm support of others who are working to organize anti-labor industries. We think these movements mark the beginning of a labor renaissance.”
The main aim of the union, however, is to provide a means of sending complaints and grievances about their creations. This way they can find a solution to protect memes, and memers, from being exploited on the internet.
“A more open and transparent appeals process for account bans; a direct line of support with Instagram, or a dedicated liaison to the meme community; and a better way to ensure that original content isn’t monetized by someone else”.
For ensuring original content isn’t stolen, a recent IG campaign has made it more popular.
“That last demand in particular has received recent attention thanks to the #FuckFuckJerry campaign, in which comedians launched a boycott of the popular meme account Fuck Jerry for stealing jokes without permission or credit”, Vox.com wrote.
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Good thing is, the general response to the Instagram Meme Union has been good so far
Through their comment sections, you’d realize lots of people are with the program. A number of people have also filled and submitted the union’s forms.
“I just signed up. Can’t wait to see how far we go”, one user wrote. “We all need unions. Cheers lads, unite”, another commented.
“Memers rise up 💪”
Only time would tell how far the union would go in achieving their goals. And who knows? Maybe this is just the start of many other unions to come 😉