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Instagram Updates Nudity Policies

By piranha

20th April 2015

Instagram has quickly become one of the most popular picture sharing apps in the world. Each month it has around 300 million active users, which puts it well ahead of its competitor, Twitter.

The social media app has recently updated its community guidelines to give more detail on the types of nudity that can be posted.

In the past, Instagram has received criticism for removing images of women breastfeeding and mastectomy scars.

Following these changes, users will no longer be able to post images of “sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully nude buttocks.” It also states that “some photos of female nipples” are prohibited on the site.

Instagram realise that some users will want to upload artistic content. Paintings and sculptures containing nudity are permitted on the photo sharing app.

In addition to the nudity guidelines, users are reminded that “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.”

Anyone who decides to ignore these rules could face having their account permanently suspended.

Instagram will also take down any pictures that glorify self-harm, promote drug taking, praise terrorism or encourage violence.

The company has said that they “want Instagram to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression.”

“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.”

Instagram is claiming that the policies themselves aren’t new; they have just had much more detail added. These changes come just a month after its parent company, Facebook, changed its rules regarding nudity.

The new regulations make it clearer for what can and can’t be posted on the platform but whether these rules will be followed is a completely different story!

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