NAME: harley bainbridge
CENSORSHIP: Shadow & content ban
What reason was given for your ban?
Not meeting Instagram’s guidelines on nudity.
Why do you think your post(s) was censored?
Were you able to appeal and what was the response?
Yes, the response upheld the decision.
What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?
The biggest impact has been the shadow banning, suppressing the visibility of my work and removing my images from hashtag searches and mentions. This reduces reach and growth on not only one image but for weeks or months afterwards on my entire account.
What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?
That Instagram and other social media platforms are focused only on promoting content that ultimately makes them money and penalising new creatives who push the boundaries for fear of advertiser reaction. Until of course, the alternative work becomes popular in its own right.