In the wake of Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, it’s no surprise that IG’s community standards have become more stringent, and that photos once accepted by the site, and applauded by it’s users, have begun to come under scrutiny.
After over a year on Instagram during which time I have never had content removed, or photos flagged, I recently received a rather disturbing e mail
It has come to our attention that your account on Instagram has violated our Community Guidelines, which can be found here: http://j.mp/rswUWS
In short, we ask that you:
– Don’t share photos that aren’t yours.
– Don’t share photos that show nudity or mature content.
– Don’t share photos of illegal content.
We value these guidelines, and believe that they will help keep Instagram a safe & fun place for everyone. It is important to note that continuing to violate them may result in a disabled account, or discontinued access to Instagram, without warning.
The Instagram Team
The photo in question?
|“Sparkle Boobs” a SFW edit from my Zivity set “Pure Morning”
Now, I would like to point out that mere hours before this e mail arrived, I was present at a mini-shootfest with SuicideGirls Kemper, Vivid, Chloe, Dwam & Kurosune. While there, we discussed the recent deletion of Venom, Luscious, and Kemper’s Instagram accounts. As well as the warnings given to Sash, and other models within our circle of friends.
After an entire day of posting new content, tagging each other, and commenting on many photos, being centred out for the posting of “mature content” seemed suspiciously close to being found guilty by association.
And yet, how does one fight the foe they cannot see?
Sitting in bed at The Standard, while resident RockStar Photographer Steve Prue edited at the desk beside me, it was clear that there was only one thing to do.
1) Delete any remaining, “potentially inappropriate” content
2) Get naked
We call this set:
F*ck You Instagram
Beware. Big Brother is watching you.
- “The thought police would get him just the same. He had committed–would have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper–the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that could be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even for years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you.”
– George Orwell, 1984, Book 1, Chapter 1
Because so many of you loved the photos I chose to remove, I posted them to my Flickr page. Behold: Insta-Fail
Do you love it?!?