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Like Rihanna and Grace Coddington before her, 19-year-old Ohio student Samm Newman's Instagram account was removed for violating the social media's community guidelines against sharing photos with nudity. But Newman was clothed in a bra and boy shorts in her photo. "I didn't find them or the bra at all inappropriate," Newman told MS News Now. "They covered me entirely, and I've seen pictures like that all over Instagram." Newman, who wears a size 24, said she thought her account's removal was related to size discrimination. She frequently posted Instagram photos with body positivity hashtags.
After Newman took her story to the local news stations, Instagram released a statement saying they realized they screwed up. An Instagram spokesperson told MS News Now: "When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case, we wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience."
UPDATE: An Instagram spokesperson emailed Racked with the statement: "We are truly sorry for our mistake here. When reviewing reported content from the Instagram community, we do not always get it right and we wrongly removed an account. As soon as we were made aware, we reactivated the account and restored the content."
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