Artist: Chiara No

Medium: Video designed for the Instagram platform

Censored by: Instagram

Date of censorship: June 2020. 

Was there notification of removal? If so was a reason given?

Nudity or sexual activity.

Was there the opportunity to appeal? If so, did you appeal and what was the response?

Yes. My account was permanently deactivated once and deactivated twice more. With my first account I hadn’t recorded the harassment, so nothing came of the appeal. After that, I recorded everything. IG’s appeal form is laughable because you can’t upload screen-grabs, so I wrote out all the harassment, threats and handles. 

What was the response? 

At first nothing, so I repeated it all on IG’s FAQs. Both times, after this bombardment, IG reinstated my account: my content was intact, all harassing DMs and most of their accounts deleted.

What, if any, were the consequences of the removal for you? 

My first deactivation was emotionally hard. I lost thousands of followers, two years’ worth of carefully written posts and a large portion of images and videos.

Comments:

Before my first post was deleted, I used to post a few funny pictures. In July 2016, I posted a photo of me lifting my dress revealing “granny” underwear. It was reported almost instantly for “nudity and pornography.” Since then, I have mainly been testing the boundaries of IG’s Community Guidelines and at times, usually in frustration, pointing out their hypocrisies and biases.

Artist website: www.chiara-no.com

Artist Instagram: @tipper-gore