Sir David Attenborough quits Instagram with 6.2 million followers in just 2 months

British naturalist and broadcaster, Sir David Attenborough has quit Instagram after gaining 6.2 million followers in just two months. He had joined Instagram on 24th September. The 94-year-old’s bio currently reads “Account no longer active”. He made a world record by reaching 1 million followers in 4 hours and 44 minutes on September 24 and also was able to hold it for some time.

David initially joined Instagram to warn that ‘the world is in trouble’ as part of his lifelong campaign for climate change and currently holds 6.2 million followers with 0 following. He made his last post on 31st October. His last post said he was “encouraged by the huge amount of ideas and passion”. “This might be a wrap for this account — we won’t be posting anything else, though the account will stay open for you to watch David’s messages — but we hope it’s a springboard for many others to build on and share the ways we might create a sustainable future,” it read.

A spokesperson for his film, A Life On Our Planet, told the media: “Sir David and the filmmakers of A Life On Our Planet had always intended for the account to be a series of special messages over a limited period of time. Primarily, they wanted to use the platform to explain the current problems facing our natural world and the solutions to help us deal with them.

While there won’t be any new posts going live, the account will remain open for people to watch Sir David’s videos and read the posts that have been shared since the account was created. Sir David and the filmmakers hope that their messages will inspire others to speak up for nature and take positive action towards creating a sustainable future.”

His first post which was an IGTV video had the caption, “Hello Instagram. David Attenborough has spent a lifetime traveling, exploring the places of our planet, and documenting the living world in all its variety and wonder. He’s also witnessed the damage caused. Saving our planet is now a communications challenge. We know what to do, we just need the will. That’s why we want to share this message on Instagram. Because there is hope and together, we can inspire change. Social media isn’t David’s usual habitat so while he’s recorded messages solely for Instagram, like the one in this post, we’re helping to run this account. In case you’re wondering, ‘we’ are Jonnie and Colin and we worked with David on A Life On Our Planet. So, as well as sharing the messages he’s recorded especially for this account we’ll also post some exclusive clips and behind-the-scenes content.
Stay tuned.”

With just 27 posts on the account and a massive follower base, his record of followers was taken over by Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, who took the record in just 4 hours and 1 minute.

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