If you’re looking for some body positivity on Instagram, don’t expect to search #curvy and find photos. According to Mashable, you can no longer search for the term on the app. Instead, you get suggestions like #CurvyGirl, #CurvyFashion, and #CurvyWomen, but you can’t just look for #curvy itself.
Why the block? A spokesperson for the picture sharing application told Buzzfeed that the hashtag #curvy is not searchable as it was being used to share images and videos that violated Instagram’s community guidelines around nudity.
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The ban of the term joins Instagram’s list of banned search words, which include #sex, #nude and #thinspo.
Activists are firing back and say that the censorship is hurting women’s body image. Millions of photos were posted with that tag, according to a Websta.me search, and most of those were inspiring statements of self-esteem. Artist Sam Roddick, whose vagina-shaped artwork was blocked, told The Huffington Post UK that “[Instagram] are showing that as a company their philosophy is emotionally and intellectually unhealthy and psychologically damaging towards women.”
Body shaming and explicit terms that occasionally portray nudity, like #fatso and #penis, are still searchable on the application. Seriously, Instagram? Get it together.