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50 Cent is a major influencer on Instagram. But now the rapper says he's leaving Instagram because the photo-based social network removed content from his account without warning him first.

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  • 50 Cent is a major influencer on Instagram.
  • But now the rapper says he's leaving Instagram because the social network removed content from his account without warning him first.
  • He marked his return to Twitter with a photo of him raising a glass of rosé wine.

Instagram may have just lost a very influential user.

Rapper 50 Cent said goodbye to the photo-based social network, which is owned by Facebook, on Wednesday, sharing an image of him in a sharp suit and tie as he raises a glass of rosé.

"I'm leaving IG, I'm going back to Twitter. They take shit down off my page with out [sic] notifying me #censorthesenuts," 50 Cent said in a post shared to his 17.9 million followers.

Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, said he decided to leave Instagram after the social network removed content from his account.

According to music industry blog HotNewHipHop.com, the content in question was a screenshot of musical artist Teairra Mari's sex tape. The post is no longer shown on 50 Cent's Instagram, and Business Insider was unable to independently verify the image's existence.

On Wednesday, Mari posted a note to her own Instagram page.

"Recently, my social media was compromised by someone who I felt was deserving of my love and trust. That person proved to be untrustworthy and posted footage of what in the moment was private and sacred," Mari wrote.

She added, "Revenge Porn [sic] is a crime in California and I will be in pursuit of justice."

If it was pornographic material, it wouldn't be surprising that it got bumped from Instagram.

The second item on the social network's terms of use reads: "You may not post violent, nude, partially nude, discriminatory, unlawful, infringing, hateful, pornographic or sexually suggestive photos or other content via the Service."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

50 Cent has had a rocky year. TMZ reported in January that the "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" artist made $8 million after accepting bitcoin for his 2014 studio album. The rapper appeared to confirm the report in an Instagram post a day later, but he later denied having ever owned bitcoin.

50 Cent filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July 2015, after racking up personal debts of more than $28 million. He also hit his former lawyers with a $32 million lawsuit in January 2018, alleging that his counsel failed to "provide effective representation" in a suit brought against him. In 2015, his ex-girlfriend Lastonia Leviston sued 50 Cent for publishing a sex tape of her and her partner with his own commentary online. He was ordered to pay Leviston $5 million.