Instagram Receives Worldwide Criticism After Banning Period Photo

Instagram found itself at the center of an international controversy after it removed a photo posted by the Sikh artist and poet Rapi Kaur. Even though the photo was of a fully dressed woman alone in bed with a period stain on her clothing, Instagram deleted the photo twice for allegedly violating its prohibitions against sexual acts, violence, and nudity. After facing widespread criticism for its decision, Instagram apologized for “wrongly remov[ing]” the content as a violation of its Community Guidelines and reposted the photo.

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