Monday, August 3, 2015

Instagram Finally Bans #Curvy

Instagram Curvy
Finally, everyone will now be spared from looking at photographs that featured flabby, fat and overweight people after Instagram blacklisted the hashtag #curvy. It will join other a handful of hashtags such as #naked, #nude, #weed, and #sex, which received tremendous support online.

The hashtag is generally employed on posts to convey acceptance of unhealthy eating and laziness to exercise, a movement that’s found a home on social media, which has in turn fostered its growth. Using the hashtag before will reveal several photos of people who flaunt their bulging stomachs, flabby arms and double chins.

So why has Instagram deemed this term inappropriate?

A spokesperson from Instagram tells the media, "Please note that the block has nothing to do with the term 'curvy' itself. We block (i.e. make unsearchable) certain hashtags when they are consistently being used to share images and videos that violate our Community Guidelines. In this case, #curvy was being used to share content that violates our guidelines around nudity."

One could argue that plenty of other hashtags pull up inappropriate content. Try #freethenipple, for example. To which Instagram says they "only [block hashtags] when they are consistently being used share content that violates our guidelines."

Hashtags #thin and #skinny may also be linked to unhealthy eating behaviors, but they don't promote it online. Instead, the hashtags are used to solicit for help and recognition.

Whatever the real reason, users are supporting efforts to promote plus-size lifestyle, which is not helping today's young generation.

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