trouble with Instagram

I got the weirdest email from Instagram today. 


Dear @elliequent,

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve the Instagram community, our team is in the process of reviewing the accounts of our many valued users. In doing so, it has come to our attention that your account may not be in full compliance with the terms and regulations to which you agreed by installing and using the application.

Specifically, it appears that your currently published feed lacks a photograph of any coffee drink, in any incarnation. 

Per our revised Terms of Use, the full text of which can be found at, all Instagram users are required to post at least one coffee-related picture, in order to complete the account validation process. I regret to inform you that, having failed to comply with this rule, @elliequent is therefore considered an invalid account by our legal team, and thus subject to cancellation at any time.

In order to bring your usage into compliance, please post, at your earliest convenience, an image of one of the following:

1. coffee (may be decaf), with or without cream and sugar, in a standard mug/cup (cafe au lait bowls are also acceptable)
2. any form of espresso drink, iced or hot, with or without foam, including cappuccino, cafe mocha, americano, or mochalattachinafrappanilla, in any recognizable ceramic or plastic ("to go") drinking vessel

The coffee drink may pictured on its own, or accompanied by other items such as a croissant, a cat, or an iPad. Additionally, while exact positioning of the drink is not important, our suggested placement is perched precariously on a vintage-sheeted bed, beside a pair of bare female legs and a well-worn paperback, in as generally an uncomfortable and unlikely way of sitting with a full cup of hot liquid as you can manage.

Please note that while chai tea is an acceptable substitute, black and herbal teas are not.

Once you have posted the requisite image, our staff will immediately update your account status in our records, and you will be considered a full-fledged member of the Instagram community. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our support team at

We look forward to working with you to amend this oversight. 


Kevin Systrom 
co-founder, Instagram 


Guess I'd better get on that.