No more inappropriate pictures on Instagram. The social media platform has released new guidelines that offer an in depth definition of what they considered to be immoral pictures, pictures that are breaking the law or pictures that others might find offensive.
Trough the guidelines, Instagram is advising people to post only their own pictures, to respect every user online and to avoid posing images that encourage nudity or spamming. This are some of the expectations the media platform has from all its users who are in a number of over 300 million.
Instagram cannot verify and review every single photo people are posting online, and when it comes to that, they rely mainly on the reports received from users, who can warn them if they feel a picture is violating the rules or is considered offensive.
Coming up with these rules has been the only viable solution Instagram has found and they consider that they are not impossible and everyone can follow them . There had to be created standard rules that everyone can live by, explained Instagram’s chief of public policy, Nicky Jackson Colaco.
The new regulations, are not bringing a massive change in the existing ones, but are just making more clear what nudity means on this social platform.
For example, people are prohibited to post images portraying sexual interactions, genital areas, or completely naked buttocks.
Mothers posting pictures of them breastfeeding are still allowed.
Apart from the nudity section, there have been written clearer rules on online behavior. Instagram doesn’t encourage violence or attacks on other people, because they belong to a different race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, disease or disabilities and has made this very clear.
And among other, the online platform has also stated that if the situation calls for it, they might be removing images of naked or partially naked babies/children, due to safety reasons.
Users who dislike an image that is according to the rules, can always block or unfollow the individual who has posted it, and if some comments on one of your pictures are bothering you, just delete the comment.
Instagram users who will not follow the new rules will have their accounts disabled.
In 2014, Rihanna has been absent for 6 month from Instagram after her account was disabled for posting topless pictures of her from her photo shoot she did for a French magazine. Instagram decided to close her account as they have a strong policy against pictures with topless women.
Another female celebrity whose picture has been removed from Instagram , is Chelsey Handler, who posted a topless picture of her riding a horse, next to a picture with Vladimir Putin riding a horse with no shirt on.
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