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Photographer is 'outraged' after her photo of two men kissing is REMOVED from Instagram

A photographer has slammed Instagram after her photo of two men kissing was removed from the platform for ‘violating community guidelines.’
Stella Asia Consonni took the photo of Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer as part of a project titled ‘Love Me’, exploring modern couples.
She posted the photo to Instagram, but received a notification the next day, informing her that it had been removed.
The notification read: “If you violate our guidelines again, your account may be restricted or disabled…We want to keep Instagram a safe place for everyone.”
Bizarrely, after reading the guidelines, Ms Consonni couldn’t find anything applicable to her photo.
She said: “I was outraged and angry, but my thoughts went straight to Jordan and Luca - I could only imagine how they would feel.
“If a picture of two men kissing can be considered too inappropriate for one of the world’s largest social media sites (that’s owned by the world’s largest social media site), and those in the image subjected to abuse, what message are we sending to young LGBTQ+ people?
“And what about those in places where society is even less accepting?”
While the image has now reappeared and Ms Consonni received a brief apology, the firm is yet to explain why it removed the photo in the first place.
And sadly, Ms Consonni has continued to receive homophobic abuse on the photo.
Mr Bowen - one of the two men in the photo - has also spoken out about the issue.
He said: “@instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here.
“This is discriminatory and archaic and violates our right as a couple. Please help us share and put this right.”


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