A London mom and blogger is heartbroken and rightfully angry after Instagram deleted her account because they decided that a picture she posted of her 19-month-old girl was inappropriate.
Courtney Adamo frequently writes for the Babyccino blog, and just last week, she wrote about her experience after posting a picture of her daughter on Instagram.
“On Wednesday evening I posted the above photo of Marlow in her yellow rainboots and her ‘big girl undies',” Adamo wrote. “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.”
Adamo says that the next morning, the photo was suddenly gone from her profile. She checked her email and saw a message from Instagram telling her that the photo had been deleted because it violated their guidelines. So, as Adamo explains, she decided to read through the detailed guidelines to gain some perspective, and once she did, the only thing she saw that could warrant a photo being taken down was if the website felt the photo was inappropriate due to “nudity” or something along those lines.
Adamo explains that after reading the guidelines, she thought that there had to be some mistake, so she decided to repost the picture. Not long after, the mother of four discovered that her entire Instagram account had been deleted.
“I never, ever, ever would have thought that posting this photo of Marlow would lead to this,” expressed Adamo. “Instagram has deleted four years of my family photos and memories: all the photos of our travels, my children’s birthdays, all my notes and comments about my children’s traits and milestones, all the comments from friends and family, the messages I received when Marlow was born, the hashtags I created to help organise [sic] my photos, and all the direct messages I shared and received from my siblings and family members whom I rarely see. All of it gone. I am sick just thinking about it.”
Following the incident and massive backlash from Adamo’s followers online, Instagram released a statement and eventually completely reactivated Adamo’s account.
“We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and having policies in place to protect young children,” a spokesperson for Instagram said. “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.”