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The image-sharing social media platform is initiating a new policy that will start hiding sexy shots and videos behind a blurry cut. Under Instagram’s new rules, users will have to tap on suggestive or “sensitive” content to see what exists underneath the blurred filter. Sure, the content isn’t lost, but we don’t appreciate the site getting between us and our shirtless hunks.
Instagram’s blog explains:
Soon you may notice a screen over sensitive photos and videos when you scroll through your feed or visit a profile. While these posts don’t violate our guidelines, someone in the community has reported them and our review team has confirmed they are sensitive. This change means you are less likely to have surprising or unwanted experiences in the app. If you’d like to see a post that is covered with a screen, simply tap to reveal the photo or video.
Instagram writes that the purpose is to foster a “safer, kinder community.” Still, we’re concerned.
What the hell is considered “sensitive content,” a subjective judgment if ever there was one? “Nudity,” including female breasts, fully exposed butt and (duh) genitals haven’t been OK on Instagram for a while, if ever. Check the social media platform’s nudity guidelines:
We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.
We can’t help but think this new policy will adversely affect queer content.
Under Instagram’s new rules, will a shot like this be OK?
What about this?
(Header image via Instagram)