Instagram has changed its nudity policy following backlash from users after it deleted posts from the account of plus-size model Nyome Nicholas-Williams.
According to The Guardian, the deleted posts showed Nicholas-Williams with her eyes closed and arms around her breasts; this apparently violated the firm’s nudity policy and it turns out not everyone may have been held to the same standards.
Instagram was accused of discrimination in August after black people; and plus-size models reported that the platform had been deleting their posts.
In the case of Nyome Nicholas-Williams, Instagram also threatened to delete her account; despite it being verified and having more than 62,000 followers.
Responding to the deletions of posts and the racism accusations, a spokesperson for Instagram said:
“As we looked into this more closely; we realised it was an instance where our policy on breast squeezing wasn’t being correctly applied. Hearing Nyome’s feedback helped us understand where this policy was falling short; and how we could refine it.”
People like Nicholas-Williams will not have to wait long before they can begin posting on IG unimpeded; because the company confirmed that the policy change will apply; across both Instagram and Facebook starting this week.