Monday, October 26, 2020

Instagram has changed its policy on nudity and 'breast-squeezing'.

Instagram has added some nuance to its rules around what constitutes nudity, after being campaigned for three months by a model who said the platform was censoring her images.


Nyome Nicholas-Williams, a plus-sized Black model from the UK, started campaigning in August after images of her from a photoshoot were repeatedly taken down.

She noted that while Instagram took down her images for allegedly breaking nudity rules, she saw lots of equivalently unclothed — or even more naked — images of thin, white women on the platform.

Her campaign became a hashtag, #IWantToSeeNyome, and Instagram has now responded with a policy change.

Instagram said Monday that after investigating, it found its policy on "breast squeezing" had been inappropriately applied to Nicholas-Williams' images. "Hearing her feedback helped us understand where this policy was falling short, and how we could refine it," an Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider. 

Nicholas-Williams also welcomed the announcement in a post on her Instagram account. "Hopefully this policy change will bring an end to the censorship of fat black bodies."

She added that Instagram still needed to do more.

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