On any given day while browsing through Instagram you’ll find tons of pictures parents have posted of their kids.
Blogger and store owner Courtney Adamo is a mother of four, two girls and two boys. On her Instagram account she posts many images of her daily life with her family. But, recently Instagram deleted her account because her photos were said to have violated their community standards of nudity.
The photo that reportedly got her account deleted was one of her baby daughter wearing underwear and lifting her dress to show off her tummy.
Courtney writes on her blog:
“On Wednesday evening I posted the above photo of Marlow in her yellow rain boots and her ‘big girl undies’. I wrote about how, despite me trying to delay it, she had decided to be potty trained, and how she had kept her undies dry all day. I thought it was such a sweet photo of my baby girl and her gorgeous, round belly (and outie belly button). And I love that her pride is so evident in the photo – such a sweet and innocent shot of a successful day of potty-training. On Thursday morning the photo was gone from my feed and another Instagram email was in my inbox. At least this time I knew which photo they had removed.”
“I went back to re-read the guidelines; I read the entire page twice and was positive that I had not violated any rules. Unless a baby’s belly is considered ‘nudity’…but surely it isn’t! She is a BABY! It is no different than a photo of a baby wearing a nappy, or a little boy in swim trunks, and to entertain the idea that it is even remotely inappropriate is a disgusting thing in itself.”
Now not only is that photo gone, so are the other four years of photos.
So what do you think? Does this photo violate Instagram’s “no nudity” policy? I personally don’t think so. To me it’s an adorable photo of a little girl. Nothing sexual. I have seen far worse on Instagram. However, before Insta-ntly posting pics of their kids parents might want to stop and think. Do you really want this to be available to everyone? Some things are better left within the family or in an old fashioned baby book.
And that’s today’s helping of The Online Dish with Maggie.