NSFW: Instagram Addresses Why It Refuses To Display Nipples Most Of The Time
By Thanussha Priyah, 26 Nov 2019
Image via Nopparat Khokthong / Shutterstock.com
Instagram’s nudity censorship policy has been a recurring topic among creators. The social media platform’s disallowing of photographs that show female nipples has angered artists and anti-censorship activists, as many of their posts were taken down or even shut down.
On the platform’s community guidelines page, Instagram explains that while nudity is often used as an art form, “for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram,” though nude paintings and sculptures as well as images of post-mastectomy scarring and breastfeeding women are allowed.
In the last month, Free the Nipple campaigners had met up with Instagram’s representatives in New York to discuss its censorship policy. Though the company listened to the issues presented, many were unsure if it made a difference.
Hence, artist Micol Hebron decided to put it to the test by posting a topless selfie she took outside of the building before the private discussion. This led to her account being suspended.
On the other hand, Rain Dove, a gender-nonconforming model who does not consider their nipples to be female, received the green light from Instagram after the model threatened to take legal action last year. The bare-chested photo was left on the model’s Instagram page.
Instagram’s head of public policy Karina Newton justified in an email to the New York Times that the platform will not attempt to “impose its own value judgment on how nipples should be viewed in society.”
Newton added that the social network ultimately strives to “reflect the sensitivities” of various cultures and countries with their policies. It also regards nipple imagery to belong to living people, and cannot ascertain for itself if these figures have consented for their nipples to be displayed online.
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I am NOT “Female”. Therefore this nipple DOESNT violate IG guidelines and should not be removed. BUT it was after 10 days up, 51k likes and 2k comments. Oddly enough in that time period no one turned into a puddle of goo or had their eyes burned out by viewing this nipple. No one even complained that they were destroyed by seeing it. One person did say this image was “cancer” but hey they’ve said that about my fully clothed images too. Sure some people disagreed with me posting this but I know lots of people who are triggered by pro-MAGA posts, images of feet, posts about kittens being rescued from horrible situations on @thedodo. They have nightmares! It’s sad because even if I was “Female”- “Females” can have Pecs. “Males” can have Breasts. And if You argue only people with pecs are considered “Male” bodied- Pecs can be bigger than Breasts and vice versa. Both can also lactate. Both can also be fetishized. What’s so different? Also what is considered “nudity” or “naked” changes culturally globally. In some places eye contact direct to camera is considered sexual. Showing your shoulders is considered lewd. Hugs are considered worse than kisses. Etc. Aren’t you a globally reaching company? Who’s opinion is controlling what is considered sexual? Can we chat? I wouldn’t have had much of a chance at my career without my IG platform. I’m grateful for this app & what it has done to elevate my opportunities in life. I’m coming TO You. Not AT You. Please consider reviewing the language You use in your guidelines. Either make it so NO one can show their nipples or everyone can. You’re creating a division that’s reinforcing the vulnerable feelings people with breasts already feel. Fear, shame, objectification. Stop targeting & criminalizing “female bodies” specifically. A shirt off isn’t enough for a conviction of criminal intent. EVOLVE w/ ur audience! Have a neutral policy! You reach around the world IG. Therefore you can change it- simply by hanging your language. LOVE ALWAYS, RainDove (ALSO DRINK PLANT BASED MILKS WHEN POSSIBLE! These jugs are symbolic props) #IdenTITTY #genderqueer #lovewins #instagram #genderfluid #lgbtq #womensrights #VitaminDD undies @tomboyx
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[via The New York Times, images via Nopparat Khokthong / Shutterstock.com]
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