As some of you may already know, my original Facebook page was deleted back in January, citing "promotion of self harm" after I posted a pro-choice poster.
It's impossible to say that politics don't play a massive role in the censorship exercised by Facebook (which also owns Instagram). Of course Facebook as a social-networking site makes no claim what its politics are, but ultimately when images are removed and accounts suspended it comes down to the amount of flagging that's been done, and who was reviewing images that day. Because how else could a non-explicit graphic saying "my pussy, my rules" be offensive when there are groups like "ass and titties" or a misogynistic murderer's fan club, and memes of rape jokes circulating the site freely?
I've moved on (though the loss of 35,000 followers still kills me every time I open my new page) knowing that I have zero power to appeal any decisions they make to delete my account forever without any provocation or explanation.
I guess there is also some consolation in numbers. Rihanna recently had her Instagram account deleted after posting one of the topless photos from her very racy, very stylish spread in Lui magazine earlier this month. Even though Instagram maintained it was an accident (who in their right mind would piss RiRi off on purpose?) and reinstated the account, it had still been wiped squeaky clean.
Only a week ago, Scout Willis (daughter of actors Demi Moore and Bruce Willis in case you were wondering), had this picture removed by Instagram. Despite making her profile "private" to ensure people wouldn't be flagging her photos, her vocal displeasure about the censorship of female nipples got her account deleted all together. Thank goodness we all have twitter left to us proponents of filth (i.e. nipples and reproductive rights), because Willis could post photos THERE as she went about her daily business in NYC while topless. Legal in New York, unacceptable by Instagram, I guess.
As someone who is no stranger to areolas, the female form, adult content, or even breastfeeding for that matter, I'm well aware of how subjective the whole censorship process is on these sites. However, even I was shocked at Meghan Tonjes' treatment by Instagram ... both at the ridiculous removal of her photo (below) of a fully clothed butt ... and their apology after she called them out on it!
In her amazing video response to Instagram and her followers (below), she points out that there was nothing indecent about her photo except that it shows something that makes people uncomfortable: fat.
And the fact is, whether it's a gorgeous big ass, a perky pair of nipples or a pro choice poster ... isn't it about time we stop abusing the flag button and censoring social media because of our own crippling insecurities?
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