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Amid fierce backlash, Instagram restores the ‘curvy’ hashtag

Instagram #curvy hashtag

Instagram drew widespread criticism last week when news broke that the photo sharing site implemented the sexist and senseless policy of censoring the popular curvy hashtag. Now, it’s backtracking on the decision. The change to free the censored hashtag took effect Thursday afternoon, a visit to it confirmed. Instagram had said the decision to censor the hashtag was due to the overwhelming amount of porn that was turning up there. But many people, including us, criticized the site harshly for the move, particularly given that the policy didn’t seem to have been applied evenly to other hashtags pertaining to both genders that also feature large quantities of images that appear to violate Instagram’s user agreement. Commenting to The Washington Post about the controversy and the decision to reinstate the hashtag, Nicky Jackson Colaco, Instagram’s director of public policy, said, “There is nobody who’s cherry-picking terms [to ban]. And the silver lining in this (sic) we have been made aware of terms that hadn’t gotten reported. We’re trying to be as consistent as possible.

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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