Instagram puts the blame for its strict no nudity policy on Apple

Instagram puts the blame for its strict no nudity policy on Apple
Instagram CEO Kevyn Systrom, citing Apple's policies for iTunes, blames the tech titan for Instagram's decision to ignore the #FreeThe Nipple movement. The goal of the latter is to end the double standard which prevents female nipples from being seen online, while male nipples are not subject to censorship. Instagram has removed pictures from celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Chelsea Handler, Chrissy Teigen and Naomi Campbell. 

Because Instagram is looking for a wide audience, it needs to work with Apple's own regulations which prevent nudity on apps in the App Store, unless the specific apps are restricted to those 17 or older. If Instagram did not police itself and allowed nudity, it would prevent the app from being made available in the App Store to those under 17 (in theory).

What makes this difficult for Systrom, is that Instagram supports artistic freedom. But he admits that there are some tough calls that have to be made. It should be pointed out that pictures of breastfeeding women are allowed on Instagram, as are images of post-masectomy scarring. Other images of female nipples will continue to be removed from the app, so that those iOS users under 17 can still use Instagram.

Interestingly, Twitter carries a 4+ rating from Apple, even though you are apt to find some images on the site that would normally require a 17+ rating to see. While Twitter and Instagram are not exactly alike, Apple's treatment of both should be when it comes to nudity.

source: BusinessInsider

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30 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Damn. Sliding into DMs just got a little more difficult.

10. TruPatriot

Posts: 110; Member since: May 27, 2013

What a pathetic, cowardly statement from the CEO to try to pass blame.

15. vincelongman

Posts: 5585; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Exactly, other apps don't have that policy e.g. Twitter and Tumblr

23. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Twitter has so many nudes, you can use it to replace porn sites.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon Apple, let em show that ass.

12. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Reminds me of when the nearby city of Aberdeen banned nipples on the dancers. They had to wear pasties when performing. The city's slogan was "Aberdeen, The City Without Limits". One guy, don't remember who, made up a bunch of caps and shirts with the logo " Aberdeen, The City Without Nipples". He sold a ton of them.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30674; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol damn. I think women should be able to show their tits, I mean why not.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Same here. If men can go shirtless, why can't women? Nipples are nipples.

17. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Evil evil Apple....

19. discharge unregistered

Oh so now your mad at at Apple?? Bad boy fanboy!! Your sure praise Apple on other articles here gee another #tag geek

20. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Your sarcasm detector needs a tune up.

24. discharge unregistered

No you do!! This guy dj loves Apple than talks smack?? I've had Apple it sucks after i gave a try so I'm now back to android and proud of it and hate Apple people like dj talk smack and say android Copys Apple, no Apple Copys androids Apple would not be where they are or have there ideas, android was here before Apple was Apple copied the finger scanner from Samsung as a example and a UI from android too

29. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Apple does, it's just that Instagram wants to be downloaded by the kiddies.

3. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

#freethenipple

4. baldilocks

Posts: 1425; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

If you want to see nipples, get a girlfriend. (Or use Tumblr.)

5. kozza3

Posts: 776; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Or boyfriend

6. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Why not both!

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

HA, BIII!

7. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3934; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apple You Party Pooper :-(

8. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

what how Apple feels about d**ks...

9. legiloca

Posts: 1673; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I'm fine with Instagram being PG.. Twitter is there anyways so it's not that of a huge issue for me, also Instagram is very popular here in the Middle East as most people are very conservative that they don't want to see any 'Skin' on social media

11. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Nothing will be the same anymore...

18. discharge unregistered

Get a grip porn?? And Instagram?? More to life people get real!! Sounds like a bunch of perverts and pedifiles

21. willywanta

Posts: 497; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

because there's a very thin line between art and pornography.

22. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

what did you expect? tim cook is a gay after all :-/

27. discharge unregistered

LMAO!!!!!! Great post there that got me a good laugh there i bend ...

28. discharge unregistered

Oh i bet he wants to be barried next to his lover Steve jobs!!!

25. zacsaturday

Posts: 262; Member since: May 09, 2014

Make two different versions, one for Child and one for Adult

26. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

They do it's called Tumblr.

30. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Is ok to post man boobs, so sure liberate the female nipples, too.

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