Instagram has heeded the words of its users by revoking the #curvy ban over the weekend.
After a brief ban and a ton of public outcry Instagram has allowed #curvy to be a searchable link again.
Last week the app Instagram found itself in the middle of a body image controversy following the blocking of the hashtag #curvy.
An Instagram spokesperson explains away the ban as being implemented due to policy violations under the umbrella of nudity. #curvy women around the world weren’t having it though, feeling as though the app was singling out larger women promoting body-positive messages. This was further aggravated by the fact that other seemingly more offensive hashtags were allowed to remain searchable.
A statement released over the weekend says “We want people to be able to express themselves, and hashtags are a great way to do that. At the same time, we have a responsibility to act when we see hashtags being used to spread inappropriate content to our community. In the case of #curvy, we don’t like putting restrictions around a term that many people use in positive ways, so we have decided to unblock the hashtag while taking steps to ensure that it is not used as a vehicle for bad content.”
Instagrammers and bloggers around the world are rejoicing in the news of the hashtag’s return. YouTube beauty blogger Cora Alvillar annouced the un-banning on her Instagram account.
Business Stop Staring Clothing welcomed the hashtag back as well with a lovely picture and message for their followers.
It’s good to see Instagram came to their senses fairly quickly. Like we’ve said before, in this day and age censoring people who are different is ridiculous. The norms of society and our expectations of the world around us are forever changing and social media should be the last place trying to squash that change.
Are you glad to see the return of #curvy?