Vanessa Bryant says family had to block fan accounts because of constant Kobe and Gianna pictures
Vanessa Bryant announced on Sunday that she had to take action against an unfortunate episode of all the social media love that she and her family have received since the death of her husband Kobe and 13-year-old daughter Gianna.
Bryant wrote a short message on Instagram saying that she and her 17-year-old daughter Natalia had to block fan sites because pictures of Kobe and Gianna kept appearing on their "Explore" pages.
Bryant made it clear that the block was not out of malice just to help her family heal.
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Bryant's Instagram page has also been private for a while, possibly for similar reasons.
This is a very sad but understandable reason for a move that may have disturbed the fans who run the accounts. The automated world of social media and algorithms is almost always clumsy about personal tragedies and doesn't get much worse than the helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna, and seven others.
Despite the closed social media circle, Bryant has still found ways to honor her late husband and daughter. She unveiled tattoos with messages from them earlier this week, used Kobe's memory to speak out against racial injustices, and is currently working on the publication of a novel for young adults, written by Kobe before his death and called "Geese Are Never Swans" .
Constant pictures of Kobe and Gianna Bryant were hard for their family. (AP Photo / Kelvin Kuo)
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