Bringing #curvy back: Instagram lifts ban on search term after backlash from plus-size women outraged over ruling… because ‘skinny’ and ‘anorexia’ were still allowed

The ban on #curvy has been lifted by the photo sharing app Instagram
A spokesperson says they want people to be able to ‘express themselves’
The reinstating of the hashtag comes just over a week after the ban

A week after it found itself under fire for banning users from tagging their photos with #curvy, Instragram has reinstated the word after backlash from users.
The company outraged plus-size women earlier this month by preventing the word ‘curvy’ from being used as a search term, while it was still possible to search for the ‘skinny’, ‘thin’ and even ‘anorexia’.
However, following backlash from both plus-sized women and the use of substitute tags such as #curvee, it is allowing users to use the term once more.

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‘At the same time, we have a responsibility to act when we see hashtags being used to spread inappropriate content to our community.
‘In the case of #curvy, we don’t like putting restrictions around a term that many people use in very positive ways, so we have decided to unblock the hashtag while taking steps to ensure that it’s not used as a vehicle for bad content.

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The ban was originally introduced as a way of filtering ‘inappropriate content’ as the company claimed that the curvy hashtag often includes photographs that violate its nudity policies.
A representative at Instagram explained that there had been a ban on dozens of unlikely hashtags which had been perpetuating images that violated the community guidelines including #soles and #eggplant.
However despite the ban on these seemingly innocent hashtags several others that are probably more likely to include risqué images, like #noclotheson and #vaginas, are still acceptable search terms.

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Other offensive and worrying terms such as ‘fat’ and ‘fatty’ often related with body shaming are available to search. ‘Thin’, ‘skinny’, and even ‘anorexia’ also still available to search – though they do include a warning before users are able to see pictures.
As a way of demonstrating against the ban plus-sized women had been uploading images to their Instagram accounts with the hashtag #curvee in protest.
The Instagrammers who used to share inspiring quotes and body confident-selfies under #curvy are now promoting their body shapes and evading the new strictures with the new hashtag.

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