- No, that guy didn’t really fly alone on a Delta flight Saturday 4:31 PM
- Fans are paying to meet their favorite YouTubers online through pilot program Saturday 2:54 PM
- Behold: 12 straight hours of ‘Stranger Things” Alexei drinking a Slurpee Saturday 2:05 PM
- Influencer couple under fire for using holy water to splash genitals in Bali Saturday 1:29 PM
- These are the 10 best villains DC comics has ever conceived Saturday 1:11 PM
- The Daily Wire accused of stealing art design from pop artist for its merchandise Saturday 12:09 PM
- Instagram model Rianne Meijer on keeping it real with her followers Saturday 10:52 AM
- How to stream Chelsea vs. Leicester City Saturday 8:30 AM
- Florida man arrested after allegedly texting girlfriend his mass shooting plans Saturday 8:27 AM
- How to stream Real Madrid vs. Celta Vigo Saturday 8:20 AM
- How to stream Seahawks vs. Vikings in NFL preseason action Saturday 8:00 AM
- How to stream Steelers vs. Chiefs in NFL preseason action Saturday 6:30 AM
- Chuck E. Cheese recycles pizza is the conspiracy theory that won’t die Saturday 6:30 AM
- How to stream Cowboys vs Rams in NFL preseason action Saturday 6:00 AM
- Cómo ver el UFC 241: Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic Saturday 6:00 AM
Instagram CEO says his app bans female nipples in photos because of Apple
He explains how allowing female nipples could alienate part of Instagram’s user base.
Instagram has faced lots of backlash in recent years for what some have called a double standard over nudity, and the company’s explanation for banning ban photos with female nipples is not likely to resolve the issue.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom said at an event in London on Wednesday that, while his company is “committed to artistic freedom,” it sometimes has to “make tough calls”—like banning images showing female nipples. According to Systrom, Instagram does that to adhere to Apple‘s app content guidelines.
Instagram is currently rated 12+ on the App Store. If it allowed explicit images, Systrom said, it would have to change its rating to 17+. That move, he added, would isolate young people who are flocking to the service.
Instagram’s community guidelines ban nudity, but it updated its policies in April to allow photos of “post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding.” While the nudity ban covers men and women, photos of men’s nipples are allowed, while women’s are not. Some Instagram users have accused the company of censorship, and the Free the Nipple campaign is fighting to reverse the ban.
Chrissy Teigen, Chelsea Handler, Miley Cyrus, and Rihanna have all protested the ban with topless photos (which were subsequently removed). Celebrities and regular users alike have protested by posting nude photos. Even Orange Is the New Black’s Matt McGorry has joined the movement, posting a photo of himself with women’s nipples Photoshopped on top of his own.
Apple did not respond to a request for comment.
H/T Business Insider | Illustration by Max Fleishman
Michelle Jaworski is a staff writer and the resident Game of Thrones expert at the Daily Dot. She covers entertainment, geek culture, and pop culture and has brought her knowledge to conventions like Con of Thrones. She is based in New Jersey.