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Instagram Clarifies Its Stance on Nipples

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Instagram just updated its community guidelines this week for the first time since the platform was launched. The #FreeTheNipple movement didn't exactly sway Instagram's in regards to nudity, but the wording of the guidelines has been "clarified" to avoid confusion. "The policies are exactly the same as they were, but we're trying to give people a more transparent document," Instagram's director of public policy told TechCrunch.

In the updated community guidelines, here's the rule on nudity:

  • Post photos and videos that are appropriate for a diverse audience.

    We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don't allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.

    People like to share photos or videos of their children. For safety reasons, there are times when we may remove images that show nude or partially-nude children. Even when this content is shared with good intentions, it could be used by others in unanticipated ways. You can learn more on our Tips for Parents page.

Compared to the old community guidelines, this new wording is much more detailed on what kind of nudity is and isn't allowed. Now it plainly states that post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding will be allowed on Instagram, which hasn't always been the case.