Tess Holliday photos ‘removed from Instagram’

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Madonna is among the famous names who have taken to social media to support body activist Tess Holliday Pop star Madonna is among the thousands of people who…

Tess Holliday photos 'removed from Instagram'

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Madonna is among the famous names who have taken to social media to support body activist Tess Holliday

Pop star Madonna is among the thousands of people who have criticised Instagram for removing photographs from a body activist.

The celebrity was among thousands of people who tweeted and shared images of model Tess Holliday after the photo-sharing service’s algorithms removed some of her images.

Instagram said it made mistakes but would now act to review its photo moderation processes.

Miss Holliday, known for her photographs of her naturally lean and curvy figure, has gained hundreds of thousands of followers with her body positive message.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Miss Holliday says people deserve to be recognized for what they do, not what they look like

But the weight gain spread before Instagram’s algorithm.

The singer tweeted asking the photo-sharing platform to “please let me post my pics of me with my tips”, using the hashtag #mybodyismakethetrue.

Miss Holliday told Marie Claire magazine that Instagram was screening pictures before they were posted so “people get banned because they don’t look like they’re in the picture”.

“They’re blocking people’s accounts who are not spamming or sex pests.”

Miss Holliday told BBC radio: “This is not only about me, this is about being embraced by your family, your friends, your fans – showing that you do have curves, that you are not just straight-size or plus-size.”

Instagram used to show all photos that contain content like hashtags (such as #bodyproud, #curvy, #bodyposiproud, etc) side by side and recommended other content as a result.

However, from 1 June the company introduced an algorithm to surface more top content for each user and less of lower quality content.

A blog post on the website said: “In the last few months, we’ve noticed that there have been a few instances where our recommendations to view some content may have confused people.

“These were obviously unintentional and we want everyone to know that we understand how critical it is to have clear and consistent experiences across all of our apps, websites and services, and apologise for any confusion or concern we may have caused.”

So, when could you find out if someone you followed was banned?

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