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Instagram’s community guidelines recognize that nudes can be “artistic or creative in nature” but says the content can still violate the platform’s policies. The grounds for removal are specific:  “photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.” Images of female nipples can also violate the platform’s guidelines, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Emily Cain, a spokeswoman for Instagram, added by email that, “Paintings and sculptures (art) that shows the same things would NOT violate our Community Guidelines.”


Rachel Raczka is an entertainment and lifestyle writer in Boston  Follow @rachelraczka

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