PLATFORM & USERNAME: Instagram @distastefulartistry
CENSORSHIP: Account ban
What reason was given for your ban?
Why do you think your post(s) was censored?
Because all of the paintings on my art account feature nude models. I follow many accounts that post very erotic/sexually-themed art on Instagram and have managed to keep their posts and account alive.
Were you able to appeal and what was the response?
Yes – to no avail. My art account has been removed five times. The current art account I own is more focused on my graphic design journey, as I have given up trying to make an account exclusively for my nude paintings work.
What effect has your experience of censorship had on you?
I am unable to pay for promotions on Instagram, and my account does not stay up for very long at all. My first account reached around 500 followers before being removed, and I have not been able to reach the same amount of people since.
What’s one thing you want people to know about this topic?
Art of any kind should not be censored – this can result in people losing income and exposure opportunities, especially for upcoming creatives.