Instagram addresses nudity, harassment in updated guidelines

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It’s no longer a blanket rule on Instagram to simply “keep your clothes on.”

The photo and video sharing app released a significant update to its community guidelines Thursday, seeking to clarify its stance on nudity and abuse.

Instagram, like other social media platforms, Facebook and Twitter, has found it difficult to balance a commitment to openness with creating a safe environment for its now 300 million monthly active users.

The app has had a particularly hard time dealing with female nudity. While its old policy asked users to refrain from posting nudity or mature content of any kind, Instagram’s new guidelines allow a little more flexibility. It now state that “photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.” Nudity in paintings and sculptures is also permitted. Read more…

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