Instagram deletes pregnancy stretch mark pictures for 'breaching decency guidelines'
Published 20/04/2015 | 09:27
A mother who posted pictures of her post-pregnancy stretch marks on Instagram was horrified after they were removed for breaching the site's decency guidelines.
Hannah Moore, 20, uploaded the images in a bid to boost her confidence and told her followers that "nobody should be judged by their size because everyone is beautiful".
But the mother of twins claims her account was deleted only two minutes later because the images were deemed to contain inappropriate "nudity and violence".
Miss Moore said the blocking of her account has made her think her body is "clearly fat, ugly and disgusting and it made people feel sick".
She said: "Two minutes after the picture was uploaded my account got closed down, my mouth just dropped and my eyes watered.
"I don't know why, it was out of the blue, but I decided to post a picture of my belly on Instagram because I've had twins."
She added: "I had written underneath the picture how unconfident I had always been, how relationships have been hard and how hard it is to find clothes that I like.
"I want not just myself, but other women thin or bigger to love themselves and love their size because everyone is beautiful.
"Instagram should be more careful in whose accounts they delete and look into it further."
Miss Moore, of Broxburn in West Lothian, had stretchmarks after giving birth to twin girls Lily and Grace with fiance David Johnstone, 22, in June last year.
She posted the pictures on Wednesday and her account was immediately shut down.
"I basically wrote that people should never get judged for the size and what they look like because everyone is beautiful," she said.
"The picture was up two minutes until my Instagram logged out itself and then it came up saying my account has been shut down because of violations.
"Nobody could get on my Instagram and nobody could search for it so someone had obviously reported the picture for nudity and all it was, was a picture of my belly and it has just took my confidence away.
"It was just me that nobody should ever get judged no matter what size they are. I felt so confident posting the picture showing my baby belly, my belly that carried twin girls for only six months."
Instagram's community guidelines state: "We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don't allow nudity on Instagram.
"Photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed."
But Miss Moore believes she is not in breach of these guidelines despite her account being shut down.
Miss Moore, who was bullied during school for her weight, has been left with no confidence.
She added: "It made me think that my body is clearly fat, ugly and disgusting and it made people feel sick. I wrote that no one should ever get judged or brought down by their size because it shouldn't matter.
"Now that nice weather is here I still feel that I need to cover myself up. I can't go out without covering my arms or legs, I just feel like people are looking at me and are disgusted."
Instagram has admitted the incident was "a technical mistake" and has re-instated Miss Moore's account.
A spokeswoman said: "It was a technical mistake and the account has been restored."