Instagram Says Photo of Plus-Sized Bloggers in Bikinis Removed ‘Accidentally’ But Was It?

Take a look at the following photo, which was posted to Facebook:

instagram THIS is the image that was reported by fat shamers and trolls, and YOU deleted it.
HOW is this image being…

Posted by Curves Become Her on Sunday, May 22, 2016

It was originally put on Instagram by Aarti Olivia, a plus-sized blogger who was celebrating the end of a fun photoshoot that featured other curvy bodies in swimsuits. Weirdly, Instagram took the photo down and Olivia thinks she knows why.

Here’s what she told Fusion:

The image clearly did not violate the guidelines, we were simply three plus sized women happy after a photoshoot in our bikinis. Obviously Fatphobic trolls had reported the image and Instagram blindly removed it. Which really angered me.

Once Fusion reached out to the massively popular photo-sharing app, Instagram wrote to Olivia, claiming that one of their employees had deleted her post “accidentally” and they “sincerely apologize.”

However, this is not the first time Instagram — or parent company, Facebook — has removed a photo or refused an ad because of the body type of someone in it, nor is it the first time women have faced photo removal for things that do not necessarily violate any terms and conditions, like visible blood stains or photos of breastfeeding mothers.

Whether it was a “mistake” or not will probably never be known.

[image via screengrab]

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