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April 17, 2015

Instagram Explains Stance on Nude Photos

Photo-Sharing Site Updates Community Guidelines

Instagram has updated its community guidelines in a bid to eradicate harassment and pornography on the photo-sharing site.

Its newly-released community guidelines make clear the Facebook-owned app’s position on nudity and abuse.

“We want Instagram to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression,” the document reads. “Help us foster this community. Post only your own photos and videos and always follow the law. Respect everyone on Instagram, don’t spam people or post nudity.”

Female nudity has been a prevalent problem on Instagram. The new rules are quite exact on what is and what is not acceptable. Photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women breastfeeding are permitted, for instance, as is nudity in artwork.

The new rules:

  • Share only photos and videos you have taken or have the right to share— Don’t post anything you’ve copied or collected from the Internet that you don’t have the right to post.
  • Post photos and videos that are appropriate for a diverse audience—We don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos or digitally-created of 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.
  • Follow the law— Offering sexual services, buying or selling illegal or prescription drugs (even if it’s legal in your region), as well as promoting recreational drug use is also not allowed.
  • Be thoughtful when posting newsworthy events – We understand that people often share images of graphic violence to condemn or raise awareness. If you do share content for these reasons, we encourage you to caption your photo with a warning about graphic violence. Sharing graphic images for sadistic pleasure or to glorify violence is never allowed.
  • Respect other members of the Instagram community — It’s never OK to encourage violence or attack anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities, or diseases. When hate speech is being shared to challenge it or to raise awareness, we may allow it. In those instances, we ask that you express your intent clearly. Serious threats of harm to public and personal safety aren’t allowed. This includes specific threats of physical harm as well as threats of theft, vandalism, and other financial harm. We carefully review reports of threats and consider many things when determining whether a threat is credible.

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Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.

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