Rosacea woman whose photo was rejected by Instagram because she had an & # 39; unwanted body condition & # 39; showed the platform to change its guidelines for image sharing of skin conditions
- Positivity campaigner Lex Gillies, has nearly 20,000 Instagram followers
- Social media platform rejected a rosacea photo of her skin
- Instagram has apologized and changed its guidelines after kickback
A woman with rosacea whose photo was rejected by Instagram because she & # 39; unwanted & # 39; was praised for making changes to the body image guidelines.
Beauty influencer Lex Gillies, from London, with 20,000 followers, wanted to turn a picture of her face into an Instagram ad, but was blocked by the platform.
The photo showed the & # 39; naked & # 39; Lex's face and was made by photographer Sophie Harris-Taylor as part of a series on natural beauty.
The influencer wanted to promote skin-positive photo series, she wrote in an essay Refinery29.
Instagram has the term & # 39; unwanted & # 39; removed from their guidelines in response to Lex's request in addition to a petition to prevent the platform from censoring skin conditions. Pictured, Lex
Calling on the parent company of Instagram, Facebook, Lex was told that her ad was rejected because the platform & # 39; ads that focus on aspects of a person's body do not allow to emphasize an unwanted or idealized body condition & # 39; .
She shared the news with her followers, who were posted using & # 39; # undesirablesofinstagram & # 39; in addition to a petition on Instagram to stop censoring messages about skin conditions.
Lex was later contacted by Instagram and said the ad & # 39; wrongly & # 39; was rejected. Last week she received another update stating that the advertising guidelines had been permanently changed.
Beauty influencer Lex Gillies, pictured, from London, who has 20,000 followers, wanted to turn an image of her face into an Instagram ad, but was blocked by the platform
Lex was later contacted by Instagram and said the ad & # 39; wrongly & # 39; was rejected. Last week she received another update stating that the advertising guidelines had been permanently changed
Lex wrote in the article: & # 39; As a direct result of the # UndesirablesOfInstagram campaign and the incredible support of the skin positivity community, the word & # 39; unwanted & # 39; no longer in their guidelines.
& # 39; The wording is now much clearer: & # 39; We do not allow ads that contain unexpected or unlikely results. Ad content should not imply or attempt to generate implicit self-perception to promote diet, weight loss or other health-related products. "& # 39;
The post in which the development was announced was praised by her followers.
One person wrote: & # 39; So frustrating Lex. Social media blocks the natural and beautiful so quickly. Thank you for being so determined and not giving up, you are incredible & # 39;
The influencer has received broad support for its work to promote skin positivity
Another said: & # 39; … Facebook, Instagram, do it better, be better. Do you have a family? Do you have children in your life, whether you have them, adopted / brought up, nieces / nephews, cousins, brothers and sisters, in laws … is this what you really want them to see and feel?
& # 39; Do you really want them to grow up in a society where they feel worthless and unwanted because their skin is red, bumpy, colored, scaly, dry, greasy, freckled, green, yellow, whatever … really? & # 39;
A third added: & # 39; I never expected to see and read this behavior in the world we live in today. It is absolutely unacceptable and moreover they must & # 39; in this time & # 39; explain themselves.
& # 39; They can't handle a & # 39; computer says no & # 39; approach! Bloody nasty @talontedlex but well done to call them out. Keep it up! & # 39;
Lex praised a stream of reactions on Instagram for speaking out against Instagram and for spreading positivity
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