May Introduce an R-Rated Version SoonX - October 2015
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may not #FreeTheNipple, but it could release an R-rated
version of itself for those who want to bare it all
on social media. On Tuesday, company cofounder Kevin
Systrom coyly told a panel at Vanity Fair's New Establishment
Summit that the social media platform has toyed with
the idea of created a space where nudity would be
allowed, Mashable reports.
have been discussions," he told panelist Katie
Couric, when asked whether the company would ever
consider creating an R-rated version. But he was quick
to note it's not a black-and-white issue, pointing
out "who decides what's R-rated" can be
a slippery slope.
surely came to the panel prepared to talk about the
platform's nudity policy, which has become a hot topic
in recent weeks as female activists have pointed out
men often post half-naked photos, while images of
half-naked women are quickly removed or censored.
While Systrom said nudity itself is not banned from
Instagram, the company does police inappropriate images
in order to maintain the platform's positive environment,
fellow summit panelist Lena Dunham agreed that Instagram
is one of the most positive social media outlets available,
going so far as to say she's repeatedly quit Twitter
because of what she perceives as community negativity.
(If you had been called a cow and had your life threatened
on the platform, you might quit it too.)
what we know for now: "Were not in the
business of hosting porn," Systrom told the panel.
"We focus on people being able to express themselves
in beautiful ways." And that could mean a separate,
racier version of Instagram in the future.