Instagram changes nudity policy after #IWantToSeeNyome campaign
Instagram will introduce a new nudity policy this week following a campaign by a plus-size black British model, who said that the removal of images showing her covering her breasts with her arms revealed “racial prejudice” in her algorithm.
The photo-sharing app said it would now allow images of women holding, cupping, or wrapping their arms around their breasts, adjusting previous guidelines that led to the removal of some of those images on the grounds that they were pornographic.
“It may take some time to ensure that we are applying these new updates correctly, but we are committed to getting it right,” a Instagram the spokeswoman said, acknowledging that she had incorrectly removed images from Nyome Nicholas-Williams.
“Hearing your feedback helped us understand where this policy was falling short and how we could refine it,” the spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
Nicholas-Williams welcomed the company’s decision and said it would continue to monitor the platform to ensure the new guidelines were implemented.
“Overall, I am very happy with the policy change and what this could mean for plus size black bodies,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, apologized last month to Nicholas-Williams and said he would update his policy, amid worldwide concern about racism in post-globalization technology. Black lives matter protests this year.
Instagram has not responded directly to allegations of racial bias, but said: “Aside from this policy change, earlier this year we engaged in broader equity work to help ensure that we better support the black community in our platform”.
The platform said that the previous ban on images of squeezing the breasts had been incorrectly enforced when the photos of Nicholas-William were first removed in July, and that the policy review was intended to ensure that all body types were “treated fairly.”
Gina Martin, a feminist activist who worked with photographer Alexandra Cameron and Nicholas-Williams on their #IWantToSeeNyome campaign, said they had met the CEO of Instagram. Adam mosseri and has been consulted about the new policy.
“It’s rare that communities that are marginalized and misrepresented on Instagram have this kind of literally direct and individual consultation with the CEO … it’s rare that you are so involved in a policy change.”
“It’s a very good example of what happens when women get together,” said Martin, who successfully campaigned for “upskirting,” which involves covertly taking intimate photos of someone without their consent to be criminalized in Britain.