Why did Instagram delete this picture of a couple kissing?
The picture was taken off photographer Stella Asia Consonni’s page for ‘violating community guidelines’.
According to reports, there was uproar after Instagram removed the photo and the site has since reinstated the picture, claiming it was taken off in error.
The image is of Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer, a couple who have been together for seven years, Metro reported.
It is part of an ongoing project that Stella, a photographer based in London, entitled ‘Love Me.’
It explores modern couples sharing intimate moments and features several images including Jordan and Luca kissing.
On Friday, she published an article about the project with a shot of the piece on her Instagram.
However the following day, she received a notification that the image had been deleted because it didn’t follow community guidelines.
Italian-born Stella said she was told: ‘If you violate our guidelines again, your account may be restricted or disabled…We want to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone.’
She added: ‘After reading the guidelines, there still wasn’t anything that seemed applicable to that image.
‘I was outraged and angry, but my thoughts went straight to Jordan and Luca—I could only imagine how they would feel.
She continued: ‘If a picture of two men kissing can be considered too inappropriate for one of the world’s largest social media sites (that’s owned by the world’s largest social media site), and those in the image subjected to abuse, what message are we sending to young LGBTQ+ people?
‘And what about those in places where society is even less accepting?
By Sunday, the image had reappeared on Stella’s account and she received an email from Instagram with a brief apology that the post was deleted due to an ‘error.’
She said Instagram offered no further explanation.
Instagram said the photo was among the ‘millions of reports a week’ they receive from offended users and that it should not have been removed.
Since it has been back online, the project has continued to receive abuse from members of the public.
Stella said there was still a long way to go to fight homophobia and people had even told her she should ‘kill herself’ for posting the image.
Jordan and Luca have also responded to the controversy, thanking all those who offered their support.
Jordan said their long-term relationship had been reduced to a ‘community guideline.’
@instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here. this is discriminatory and archaic and violates our right as a couple. Please help us share and put this right.’
Luca added: ‘Not everyone is as lucky as me and @mrjordanbowen to be 2 strong free gay men, living in the extraordinary London and having an amazing family supporting us.
‘We are lucky and not everyone is. But we will be always one when we have to fight hate.’
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Culled from Metro
My view: This is double standard, why allow Kim Kardashian post her naked pictures and showcasing her vagina or pubis, to the world on Instagram? is it because the Kardashians and Jenners have hundreds of millions of followers?, Which picture is worse, a wife and mother of three showing her naked body and private part to the world, or two men displaying genuine love by kissing.