Instagram is allegedly back at it again, censoring fat bodies and not thin bodies. Affiliates and other media sources are discussing the new movement to address it.

This isn’t new. Bold Magazine has touched on this in various capacities, speaking about the amount of skin being shown in Instagram’s algorithms (more skin brings in the automated block or censorship- but is that really the case? And if it is, why are they not making adjustments for larger bodies?). The Guardian discussed it, specifically with regard to fat black influencer Nyome Nicholas-Williams, re-igniting the conversation about racial bias in social media. The Huffington Post has even discussed this as early as 2013! And, now fabUplus Magazine has joined with an article discussing the new caption:

Why does IG censor my body but not thin bodies?

Perhaps this new group of Instagram influencers that inspired the article and will make a difference!

“It is really difficult to see exactly where movements like this begin. We first caught it from a group of influencers who have been cited as the originators and “pavers” and we believe this to be the group!” – fabUplus Magazine

Please see the originators below:

  • @lilith.fury
  • @unskinnyhero
  • @curvynyome (mentioned above as well in The Guardian)
  • @katanafatale
  • @shooglet
  • @stephanieyeboah
  • @griminator
  • @themisfitsofig
  • @ashleighchubbybunny
  • @venuscuffs
  • @Iamjarijones
  • @luhshawnay
  • @kaylalkoganblog
  • @laraonfire
  • @couvertier_louis
  • @newinheritors

This comes off the heels of NEDA’s Weight Stigma Awareness Week which Bold Magazine has been enthusiastically celebrating with folks like The Happy Belly Project and others. It also  lines up with next week’s “National Plus Size Appreciation Day” on October 6th. We are not sure if this was done purposefully during this time, but we completely applaud the movement and the folks involved!

Join the movement by using the hashtag #DONTDELETEMYBODY.

Please do click on it so that you can cite the creators and originators!