Instagram Blocks Yet Another Search Term for No Apparent Reason at All

29 Jul 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

After Major Backlash, Instagram Changes Its Mind on Banning the Popular #Curvy Hashtag.

Mere days after unblocking #curvy following backlash, Instagram is once again causing an outrage among its users who are fighting for the reinstatement of the keyword #goddess. A week after it found itself under fire for banning users from tagging their photos with #curvy, Instragram has reinstated the word after backlash from users.

“The problem was that the #curvy hashtag was being used for other reasons,” Nicky Jackson Colaco, Instagram’s director of public policy, told The Washington Post on July 23. “Curvy” was being reported frequently for pornographic images and, as Colaco noted, these type of reports tend to spike when people search tags they don’t realize are associated with pornographic content.In the wake of Instagram’s highly controversial ban and subsequent lift on the term #curvy, the social media platform went ahead and stirred the pot once again, this time banning #goddess. The company outraged plus-size women earlier this month by preventing the word ‘curvy’ from being used as a search term, while it was still possible to search for the ‘skinny’, ‘thin’ and even ‘anorexia’. ‘In the case of #curvy, we don’t like putting restrictions around a term that many people use in very positive ways, so we have decided to unblock the hashtag while taking steps to ensure that it’s not used as a vehicle for bad content.’ The ban was originally introduced as a way of filtering ‘inappropriate content’ as the company claimed that the curvy hashtag often includes photographs that violate its nudity policies. A representative at Instagram explained that there had been a ban on dozens of unlikely hashtags which had been perpetuating images that violated the community guidelines including #soles and #eggplant. You do you. #effyourbeautystandards wearing @simplybeuk #plussizefashion #plussizeontherise #plussize #honourmycurves #wearethethey #curvemodel #plussizefashionista #bbw #junk #plussizefashion #lesbian Today’s casual ensemble in a $27 #crochet top, skinnies and #wedges (Shop this look via email when you register at & like the image OR enter this exact URL in your browser: #liketkit Calaco said there was even a bright side to the controversy: “The silver lining in this we have been made aware of terms that hadn’t gotten reported.

However despite the ban on these seemingly innocent hashtags several others that are probably more likely to include risqué images, like #noclotheson and #vaginas, are still acceptable search terms. In the past, the photo-sharing app banned several terms and even the eggplant emoji in an attempt to crack down on content violating user guidelines (specifically, nudity).

Instagram blocks search terms that don’t follow their Community Guidelines, so people are speculating the #goddess tag got the ban for photos that feature the female body, but it’s unclear if those photos were truly NSFW or not. But as Refinery29 reports, a search of the hashtag #goddesses yields little to no inappropriate content; rather, it’s mostly body-positive photos of women as well as religious or spiritual images. The Instagrammers who used to share inspiring quotes and body confident-selfies under #curvy are now promoting their body shapes and evading the new strictures with the new hashtag. If they are worried about nudity or inappropriate images, well, that doesn’t make much sense because there are plenty of hashtags still enables where porn and the like can be found in plentiful numbers. A whole Instagram movements shouldn’t be punished for the few people who are either posting pornographic photos under innocent hashtags or who are flagging content that has no business being flagged.

And until Instagram figures out how not to piss off a new group every day with its banned search terms, we might as well just recycle this post for future use and just change out the hashtag. When #SandraBland appeared to be banned, it turns out that they were just being especially careful about moderating the hashtag, protecting it from hate speech.

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