Fresh off Instagram’s “accidental” removal and subsequent reinstatement of the Warwick Rowers’ account, the Facebook-owned photo sharing app is in the hot seat again for marking a post “offensive.”
The censored image showed two gay men kissing. It was uploaded by photographer Stella Asia Consonni, who received a message that it violated Instagram’s “community guidelines.”
The photo features a real-life gay couple who have been together for seven years.
Here it is in all its “offensive” glory:
Consonni shared a screenshot of the message she received:
“If you violate our guidelines again,” the note warns, “your account may be restricted or disabled.”
Consonni followed up with some sharply-worded messages aimed at Instagram.
“Dear Instagram,” she wrote. “I am utterly disgusted that you have just deleted a picture of a gay couple kissing.”
“This is the pic that has just been taken down. Are you for real?!”
“And to the horrible person that reported it: Get the F off my Gram and crawl back to your homophobic little insignificant existence.”
Among those who were ticked off by the unwarranted removal was Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, who in a post of his own, urged Instagram to respond.
“Just been informed Instagram removed the following image for being ‘offensive and against guidelines’…” he wrote.
Eventually, Instagram issued a statement, saying this, too, was a “mistake.”
“This post was removed in error and we are sorry,” a spokesperson said. “It has since been reinstated.”