Mother is banned from Instagram over innocent baby photo

Mother's fury after Instagram account is shut down over innocent baby photo - do you agree with her?

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by Kayleigh Dray |

A mother who posted a photo of her 18-month-old daughter holding up her shirt on Instagram has had her account shut down - all because the innocent image violated the website's rules on nudity.

Courtney Adamo posted a photo of her daughter Marlow, which shows the little girl sweetly revealing her belly and underpants, as she poses in a pair of yellow welly boots.

Instagram removed the photo and sent the mother-of-four a warning email, which told her that she had posted "inappropriate" content.

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Writing on her Babyccino Kids blog, Courtney said: “I read the entire page twice and was positive that I had not violated any rules.

"Unless a baby’s belly is considered ‘nudity’… but surely it isn’t! She is a BABY!"

Adamant the photo did not violate any Instagram rules and that some sort of mistake had been made, Courtney reposted the photo.

Via Twitter
Via Twitter

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Hours later, Courtney discovered her account - along with all 1700 photos - had been disabled.

She wrote on her blog: “I thought it was such a sweet photo of my baby girl and her gorgeous, round belly (and outie belly button). And I love that her pride is so evident in the photo – such a sweet and innocent shot.

“She is a baby! It is no different than a photo of a baby wearing a nappy, or a little boy in swim trunks, and to entertain the idea that it is even remotely inappropriate is a disgusting thing in itself.”

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Devastated her account had been taken down, Courtney emotionally wrote: “Instagram has deleted four years of my family photos and memories. All the photos of our travels, my children’s birthdays... All of it gone. I am sick just thinking about it.”

A spokesman for the site, bought by Facebook for $1bn in 2012, said: “We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and having policies in place to protect young children.

Her followers joined her cause, tweeting pictures of their young children revealing their belly buttons, using the hashtags #savethebelly and #BringBackCourtneyBabyccino.

The social media storm seems to have work; Instagram have now reinstated Courtney's Instagram account.

A spokesperson for the site said: “This is one reason why our guidelines put limitations on nudity, but we recognise that we don’t always get it right. In this case, we made a mistake and have since restored the account.”

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