Instagram | @anja_rubik

9+ Celebs Who Were Banned From Social Media For Their Controversial Posts

Celebrities: they are absolutely not like us!

People with very large platforms have a lot of eyes on them. And with an audience that can number in the millions, social media accounts are under a lot of scrutiny.

...Which is why some celebrities have been straight-up banned from social media. After all, when you have millions of people watching, it does not pay to start a scandal.

Courtney Love

Instagram | @courtneylove

Courtney Love was banned from Twitter in 2011 while in the middle of a defamation lawsuit.

She was being sued by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir, who alleged that Love had gone on a Twitter tirade about her in 2009.


Instagram | @pewdiepie

If you just said, "Who?" to yourself, then just scroll to the next number. I will understand.

YouTuber PewDiePie was banned from Twitter in 2016 for "jokingly" tweeting that he was going to join ISIS.

Comedy really isn't for everyone.

Chelsea Handler

Instagram | @chelseahandler

Remember, ladies: if your nipples are female-presenting, Instagram is not cool with you posting them.

It's okay for you dudes, though, don't worry.

Instagram suspended Chelsea Handler for posting a topless photo. She pointed out that the rule was sexist, but Instagram still deleted the post.


Instagram | @madonna

The puzzling thing about Madonna's ban is that a reason was never given for why exactly it happened.

It looks like she broke two rules, which involve "mature content" and reposting third-party images. But no one knows which post did it.


Instagram | @adele

What do you do when you know you have little to no self control on social media?

You ban yourself from using it. That's exactly what Adele did when she took her own Twitter away from herself.

Alex Jones

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones lost both his personal account, as well as the account of his site, InfoWars, in a permanent Twitter ban.

He was banned for abusive behavior. Good riddance.

Scout Willis

Instagram | @scoutlaruewillis

Never post topless photos on Instagram.

Unless you're a dude.

Scout Willis posted a photo of a sweatshirt that had two topless women on it, and earned herself a ban from Instagram for her troubles.

Really? Over a sweatshirt?

Clint Eastwood

Getty Images | Ralf-Finn Hestoft

Clint Eastwood's Twitter account was over the moon the night that Donald Trump was elected President in 2016.

It was suspended that night, which some thought was censorship. However, it was actually because the account claiming to be Clint Eastwood was not actually Clint Eastwood. Wild.

Azaelia Banks

Instagram | @azealiabanks

Twitter suspended Azaelia Banks for cyberbullying in 2016.

And when I say cyberbullying, I mean cyberbullying. She tweeted homophobic and racist slurs at Zayn Malik in a full-blown tirade earlier that year.

Milo Yiannopoulos

Right-wing commenter and Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos was banned from Twitter in 2016 after he asked his army of followers to attack actress Leslie Jones.

Why anyone would want to attack Leslie Jones is beyond me. Have you seen her? She's an angel.

Anja Rubik

Instagram | @anja_rubik

Seriously, the nipples.

Supermodel Anja Rubik was banned from Instagram for posting a screenshot of a website's front page, in which she was in a sheer top.

Those were enough grounds for Instagram to immediately ban the post.

James Woods

James Woods' account was temporarily deleted in 2019.

Twitter deleted the account due to a 2018 tweet they found had "the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election."

Woods refused to delete the tweet, so Twitter did it for themselves.


Instagram | @badgalriri

Queen of absolutely everything, Rihanna, was briefly banned by Instagram for posting (gasp!) a photo of her butt.

Not to get too opinionated here, but...what is the big deal about a butt? Have people ever walked on a beach before? Butts galore.

Rose McGowan

Instagram | @rosemcgowan

The outspoken actress was shockingly suspended from Twitter after calling out Ben Affleck for denying he knew about Harvey Weinstein's sexually predatory behavior.

Twitter claimed she was suspended because she reportedly tweeted out a private phone number, and reactivated the account.

Donald Trump

The internet lit up with joy the day that it looked like Donald Trump was briefly banned from Twitter.

The ban turned out to be a rogue employee at Twitter who deleted his account.