Artist: Stuart Sanford

Medium: Sculpture

Censored By: Instagram

Date of censorship: August 2019

Was there notification of removal? If so, what was the reason given?

Against community guidelines, explicit content etc.

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

Yes I appealed and it was upheld by Instagram.

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

Emotional distress for sure.


When there is actual pornography, violence, and cruelty to animals on Instagram/Facebook it’s extremely frustrating to have bona fide works of art removed. The system is arbitrary and doesn’t follows it’s own guidelines.

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Artist Instagram: @stuartsandford