Instagram has updated it’s nudity policy to make clear to its users what is and what is not allowed when it comes to female breasts.
The popular photo-sharing social media site has been harshly criticized by some and overly abused by others, posting revealing selfies. The main culprits and those who get more attention are celebrities.
Rihanna is one of the top offenders and her diva status did not prevent Instagram from suspending her account for not following their nudity policy. Other celebrities that regularly break the rules are Miley Cyrus, Niki Minaj, and Kylie Jenner, among many others.
In their Community Guidelines Section, Instagram outlines what their nudity policy is clearly and warns users that they have the right to remove content they deem unsuitable.
“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.”
Additionally, the Instagram nudity policy extends to kids. The website recognizes that parents like to share photos of their little ones with the world, but they must follow these guidelines.
“People like to share photos or videos of their children. For safety reasons, there are times when we may remove images that show nude or partially-nude children. Even when this content is shared with good intentions, it could be used by others in unanticipated ways. You can learn more on our Tips for Parents page.”
Instagram has been forced to clarify their nudity policy after controversial instances in which photos of breastfeeding moms, as well as full-frontal nude photos were yanked. But detractors ask why are male nipples treated differently. Case in point, why is Chris Pratt allowed to post this?
And Welsh actor Luke Evans to post this selfie to Instagram?
One of the biggest critics of this new Instagram nudity policy is Madonna, who has enjoys posting explicit photos on a regular basis and came out swinging against the rules by posting a risque selfie.
[Image via Selena Gomez/Instagram]