Recently the #freethenipple campaign blew up on Instagram. This is because the photo-sharing website is quick to pull down posts showing women’s nipples, even if there’s nothing pornographic about the photos. The reason? According to Business Insider, the app’s cofounder says that Apple is to blame.
Instagram CEO Kevyn Systrom explained it during a talk in London, saying that its guidelines can’t be changed because of Apple’s age rating.
Obviously Instagram wants to keep its current 12+ rating in order to have a wider audience. Totally understandable. Only rated 17+ apps are allowed to feature explicit content, so it has to continue taking down posts that have nudity. Big Brother Apple is watching for headlights.
Oddly, photos showing men’s nipples don’t get deleted, and a if you search the app using the right keywords you will still find truly pornographic posts. Other have also noted that Twitter is full of porn accounts and posts despite its 4+-year-old rating, and Apple hasn’t kicked it off the App Store yet. It seems to be yet another case of a company over-reaching and trying to tell us what if right and wrong, while not holding everyone to the same standards. Hopefully they will either stop catering to Apple’s whims and do what they like.