Samm Newman, a 19-year-old college student, was shocked when she found out her Instagram account had been removed for “violating community guidelines.” A photo she posted of herself in her bra and underwear (which adheres to Instagram’s rules against nudity) was flagged by users as inappropriate. Newman told NBC4i, “I’ve seen [lingerie] pictures like that all over Instagram.” Newman is a size 24 and suspects that size discrimination is the reason action was taken against her account while many thinner women continue to post as many bra selfies as they want. It would hardly be the first time Instagram has booted a plus-size lady’s account for simply posting images of her body.
When Instagram got wind of the outrage surrounding the situation, Newman’s account was reinstated. A spokesperson from the app said that they “wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified …When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
Newman was bullied growing up, and found new confidence as a college student when she got involved in body positivity movements online. Instagram was a safe space to celebrate her size through hashtags like #bodylove, and she never imagined what she posted to be inappropriate. While Instagram was a pretty big jerk to have pulled her account, I think the true culprits here are the bullies who flagged her photo. Since when is a plus-size women posting a picture of her body inappropriate? On the bright side, Newman is hoping that standing up against jerks will serve as encouragement to other women. ”I’m going to make a difference in the world,” she said. “Fat is not a bad word. How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don’t want to look at you?” What a role model.
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