Instagram has faced scrutiny recently, for what they do and do not remove from the platform. Photos of fully-clothed women and menstrual blood go, as do images of perfectly healthy women in underwear, while dangerous images, posted under the hashtag #Mia (meaning Bulimia) remain.
Now, the social media platform, which is owned by Facebook, has updated its Community Guidelines in an attempt to make what users can and cannot post clearer.
They have extended their Community Guidelines with regards to nudity, stating: "We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don't allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too."
There's still very little clarity around whether womens' nipples are allowed – "some photos of female nipples" is completely ambiguous – but we can assume that if Instagram continue the way they have been, most womens' nipples will be censored, which means little progress for the #FreeTheNipple movement.
However, under these new, more specific Community Guidelines, all of the images we mention here, which were removed by Instagram, should be allowed to be posted.
According to Dazed Digital, Nicky Jackson Colaco, Instagram's Director of Public Policy, told Tech Crunch, "The policies are exactly the same as they were, but we're trying to give people a more transparent document."
The latest Instagram censorship scandal involved Canadian artist Rupi Kaur, and her post depicting a fully-clothed woman with a little spot of menstrual blood on her trackpants. The image was removed, twice, then reinstated.
Over the past two weeks we have unpacked Instagram's perpetuation of The Beauty Myth, questioned why they censor, for example, womens' nipples, but leave all the images under #Mia, and how the platform is reinforcing a traditional class system.
Via Dazed Digital
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