Instagram closes mother’s account after topless picture of 19-month-old daughter broke ‘no nipples’ rule

June 25, 2014 | by | 0 Comments

A mum had her Instagram account taken down after falling foul of its ‘no nipples’ rule by posting a topless picture of her daughter – who is just 19 MONTHS OLD.

Blogger Courtney Adamo, 33, had her account shut down for “violating the community guidelines” by posting pictures of her children.

She had uploaded an image of her 19-month-old daughter Marlow wearing yellow rain-boots and her “big girl undies”.

Courtney Adamo's picture of her daughter Marlow which fell foul of Instagram's 'no nipple' rule

Courtney Adamo’s picture of her daughter Marlow which fell foul of Instagram’s ‘no nipple’ rule


Mum-of-four Courtney, from Hampstead, north London, said: “It is so ridiculous.

“I’ve been in touch with a few other mums who told me the rules state any children of walking age can’t be shirtless in pictures on the site.

“My daughter is so young and you see adverts with children in just their nappies all the time and no one says that is inappropriate or sexual but Instagram does – it’s crazy.

“They obviously see it as child porn but I thought it was such a sweet photo of my baby girl and her gorgeous, round belly – and outie belly button.

“And I love that her pride is so evident in the photo – such a sweet and innocent shot of a successful day of potty-training.”

Courtney with her daughter Marlow in north London

Courtney
with her daughter Marlow in north London



Courtney, who writes for online boutique Babyccino Kids, received a warning email and the cute picture was removed from her page, which has an impressive 40,000 followers.

She re-read the guidelines on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, and was positive she hadn’t violated any rules so reposted the photo – only to have her entire account shut down, blocking all 1,700 of her pictures.

She said: “If Instagram wants to have these strict policies, they should make them clear but they don’t.

“I kept getting warning messages saying I had violated community guidelines but they really vague.

“It’s really strange as well because the email address was a Facebook one and they share the same policies but the picture is on Facebook and hasn’t been taken down.”

Courtney lives with husband Michael, 44, and their children Easton, nine, Quin, seven, five-year-old Ivy and little Marlow.

Yesterday (Tues) the Instagram was up and running again, but the photo of little Marlow is still banned.

Instagram said: “We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and having policies in place to protect young children.

“This is one reason why our guidelines put limitations on nudity, but we recognize that we don’t always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the account.”

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