Instagram apologizes after removing woman’s butt selfie

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Instagram later restored Tonjes’ photo. (Photo: Meghan Tonjes/Instgram)

LOS ANGELES (PIX11) — Instagram has apologized to a California woman after they allegedly removed her butt selfie because it was “too big.”

Meghan Tonjes of Los Angles was outraged when she received an email from Instagram stating her photo, showing her rear in a pair of black briefs, violated the site’s nudity and mature content policy.

Butt selfies, or “belfies,” have become a popular trend on Instagram, with celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Nicki Minaj posing often for pictures that showcase their behinds.

The trend was popularized even more by Instagram fitness star Jen Selter.

Tonjes, 29, believed her photo was removed because she doesn’t fit typical beauty ideals.

“Yo, @instagram. This is a body. I’d apologize if it makes you uncomfortable, but I don’t particularly care about your warped definition of nudity or mature content,” the blogger wrote on her account. 

Tonjes often posts photos chronicling her weight loss. She also posted a video on YouTube expressing her feelings on the incident.

Instgram later restored Tonjes’ photo and issued this statement:

“We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and keeping Instagram a fun and safe place.

Our guidelines put limitations on nudity and mature content, but we recognize that we don’t always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the content.”



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