After reflecting on our discussion yesterday about social media websites regulating what image content they allow I was inspired to do a little research on the topic. With the millions of posts each day, platforms such as Instagram and Facebook have the task of deciding whether or not a photo is within the “limits” trying to choose between black or white, when the subject matter clearly grey. This leads users to question heavily the reasons behind banning an image, comparing it to other similar images that are “allowed” and causes anticipated controversy among users.
Musician and video blogger Meghan Tonjes posted an image of her butt which is completely covered in underwear. After the photo was removed she reached out to her followers sharing her frustration with the conspicuously transparent double standard.
From left to right, Meghan’s banned butt picture and “acceptable” swimswear model. Whats the difference Instagram?
What I found intriguing about Meghan’s reaction was that instead of channeling all of the negative attention on Instagram, she questioned why out culture and society has such a problem with these images of women who don’t appease to a certain standard. I agree with Meghan’s point and urge more discussion around why these images are thought to be offensive.
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