Instagram will introduce new nudity policy Wednesday after falsely deleting images of British model Nyome Nicholas-Williams, reports Reuters. From then on, hugging or holding breasts is explicitly allowed.
The platform said the earlier prohibition images of “squeezing the chest” had been incorrectly applied when Nicholas-William’s photos were first removed in July. The platform still bans photos of people gripping their breasts “in a gripping motion with flexed fingers or when there is a marked change in the shape of the breasts”.
According to the black model, the removal of images of her covering her breasts with her arms is a result of racism within the algorithm. She found that similar, or even more naked, images of thin, white women were not removed.
Facebook, owner of Instagram, has since apologized to Nicholas-Williams. “It may take a while for the new policy to be properly applied, but we are committed to getting it right,” an Instagram spokesperson said. Reuters.
The company has not yet commented on the accusation of racism within the algorithm. Earlier this year, Instagram has promised to “do more to support the black community on the platform”.