Mom's Photos Of Her Stretch Marks Removed After Being Flagged On Instagram

04/22/2015 10:22 am ET | Updated Apr 22, 2015

When Hannah Moore posted a photo of her pregnancy stretch marks on Instagram, she did not expect it to be reported as offensive.

"I don't know why, it was out of the blue but I decided to post a picture of my belly on Instagram because I've had twins," the 20-year-old, who gave birth to Lily and Grace last June, told SWNS. "I had written underneath the picture how unconfident I had always been, how relationships have been hard and how hard it is to find clothes that I like. I want not just myself but other women thin or bigger to love themselves and love their size because everyone is beautiful."

The photo wasn't about stretch marks. It was about body positivity.

"Everyone thinks it's about my stretch marks. It's not," the mom told People magazine. "It was me letting people know this is who I am. I'm big and I'm loved and I'm beautiful."

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But Moore claimed that only minutes passed before her account was shut down on April 15 due to "violations" of its community guidelines, which bans nudity and spam.


Moore's account was disabled in error and ultimately restored, a rep explained to The Huffington Post. Images with stretch marks are allowed on the photo-sharing network and Instagram apologized for the mistake.

"Instagram should be more careful in whose accounts they delete and look into it further," the mom told SWNS.

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Instagram has faced criticism before for deleting photos associated with women's bodies, BuzzFeed noted earlier this month, including breastfeeding, menstruation and pubic hair. The company has since updated its guidelines to be more explicit about their policies.

We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram. This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too.

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