We all know that Insta loves that online sex work traffic, but it sure as hell doesn’t love the sex workers who bring it. Unfortunately – yet unsurprisingly – the platform’s baises don’t just render as anti-sex work/er though.
Romi Chase is calling out Instagram for its “abuse and bias” against curvy women on its social platform.
The adult content creator, plus-size model and social media influencer, who runs her own production company and uses the popular site to promote her brand and boost her profile, believes she and others’ Instagram photos are targeted and removed — all while thinner women’s similarly-posed images are not.
“The inconsistency in Instagram’s guidelines and lack of accountability is appalling,” Chase said. “Fully clothed photos with PG-13 captions get removed for nudity and sexual activity, while slimmer models get away with promiscuous poses in micro bikinis.”
She continued, “They apply vicious bans on accounts that limit our reach and visibility – or worse, delete the entire accounts without the slightest warning or even explanation why. There is no customer support to reach out to, and things have gotten to the point where they started removing posts that have been sitting in an archive for months.”
Chase added that, “many creators including myself are unable to find any logical pattern to it. Why don’t the rules apply to all? What exactly are the rules? Why, even if you adhere to the rules, do you still get targeted? Instagram is fatphobic, racist, homophobic and sexist and does not care one bit about their users.”
Chase currently has more than 791,000 followers on the site. She utilizes Instagram as a valuable tool to support her content and also engage her fans and share their experiences in a safe, welcoming space.
“We need to promote all body types equally. It should be fair to all, not just certain people… body positivity is for all of us,” she said. “Instagram’s policing of images that don’t violate guidelines is wrong. If you’re going to choose to censor photos on your platform, do it for all of us or none of us. We will not be silenced, erased or oppressed.”
Visit Romi Chase at RomiChase.com and find her on Insta at @romi_chase
Erika is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.