Instagram bans #curvy causing outrage among users
Are you offended by the above images?
These are posts that showed up a result of searching for the #curvy tag on Instagram recently… but if you search for the tag now – you won’t see anything. This is because Instagram have now banned the hashtag claiming that it took the step as part of a clampdown on nudity on the platform.
Campaigners and users alike have been shocked by the move. While #curvy has been banned, other tags including #skinny, #thin and even #fat remain active – as well as far more derogatory, pornographic and explicit terms that we won’t sully your beautiful ears with here, Cybersmilers.
“It is not about #curvy is better than #skinny in society or in the fashion industry. The fight is for inclusivity and acceptance of all shapes and sizes – from a size zero to a 20 – you can be beautiful at any size, as long as you are fit and healthy. So why then is only #curvy banned and not #skinny?
According to Jenny McQuaile, a director who focuses on inclusion for all body shapes, two thirds of women are considered “curvy” – so isn’t it a bit offensive to ban this tag? The Twittersphere certainly seems to think so!
— Alexis Starobin (@kittylexy) July 16, 2015
Other users are hitting back. In a trend started by blogger Katt Cupcake, women are replacing the banned #curvy tag with a misspelled version, #curvee.
— Katt Cupcake (@KattCupcake) July 15, 2015
At Cybersmile we’re all about positivity and inclusion – and of course stopping cyberbullying – so as you can imagine we’re not thrilled to hear this news! While it’s of course a good thing to try and protect users from explicit and dangerous content, we’re not sure this is the best way to go about it…