Any picture that violates the content policy and community guidelines set by Instagram is immediately taken down from the site and its application. Commonly, those pictures are called as 'banned pictures of Instagram.'
This photography social media site is so vast that thousands of pictures get banned every day for various reasons, but as everything is automated and technically driven, there are times when a particular image gets deleted, and then the site has to face backlash for it.
Based on this idea, Arvida Bystrom and Molly Soda collaborated to produce a book, 'Pics or It Didn't Happen: Images Banned From Instagram' which is a collection of hundreds of pictures that Instagram doesn't want its audience to see for all the wrong reasons.
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It all started when model Bystrom posed for athletic brand Adidas in unshaved legs and began to receive death threats from people. Bystrom says that when Instagram is claiming to be hate speech free, offering sexual service free and criminal activity free, then it's okay. But when it comes to imagery, it's always only women who face the crossfire. Female nipples are not okay for example, but male nipples are.
It's a picture from the same book 'Pics or It Didn't Happen.' Posted by Lee Phillips, those tiny 'hardly-visible' hair gave Instagram enough reason to ban this image.
Another picture which was taken down from Instagram and is included in the book is this, a woman with a cellphone. This photo was part of Issac's series, 'Weaponise The Internet.'
In 2014, Samm shared positive body picture of herself in bra and underwear, but Instagram deleted it for non-justifiable reasons. Samm shares that it felt like 'fat-shaming' to her.
Brittany Perille Yobe, a renowned fitness guru, has more than a million followers on her Instagram, and she regularly posts her fitness attire pictures to share her knowledge with people. In 2016, when she posted a video of herself working out during pregnancy, Instagram banned it and deleted her account.
In 2014, the 21-year-old Petra Collins shared self-portrait of her crotch wearing underwear, but then people started to report her picture for no valid reason, and her Instagram got deleted.
When this account posted a picture of text conversation from Tinder about Feminism, it got deleted. The owner of this community shares that Instagram believed her account violated Instagram's policy.
Rupi Kaur, a Canadian poet's Instagram account faced trouble when she uploaded pictures of herself with period blood. It was first captured as part of her study project at the University of Waterloo, but then she took to Instagram to break the stereotypes.
Rupi bashed at Instagram on Facebook before the site finally republished her original picture.
But in the end, the question remains, we, as humans have created these platforms to express ourselves in all the ways we want, so is there any need to ban such pictures?
That's all, folks!