Instagram’s nudity policy for content — although put in place to protect users from pornography and abuse — often places restraint on artistic expression. This is especially true when it comes to the platform’s not-so nuanced outlawing of nudity. “Don’t spam people or post nudity,” they say.
To challenge these boundaries of online censorship we ask 12 South African creatives to share the stories behind their banned images. These submission-based photographs vary from nude selfies to fine-art portraiture, and all have one thing in common — they were removed from Instagram for breaching its Community Guidelines.