Willis, 22, sparked a debate on social media about Internet
standards after posting photos of herself topless in public in
New York City on her Twitter account on Tuesday, picking up
support from the likes of pop star Rihanna.
Willis said she was inspired to confront Instagram's policy
after topless photos Rihanna posted of herself on Facebook Inc's
Instagram were taken down last month.
"This is about helping women feel empowered to make personal
choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is
decent," Willis wrote on Twitter, which allows nude photos.
Willis, who posted a topless photo with the #FreeTheNipple
hashtag campaign, said her Instagram account was suspended after
she had posted "artistic" and "tasteful" nude photos.
Instagram said in a statement its policies are designed to
strike a balance between creative expression and making the
service a "fun and safe place."
"Our guidelines put limitations on nudity and mature content,"
Instagram said. "Once content is reported to us, we review it
and remove if it violates our policies."
Willis said Instagram's policy was contradictory, allowing
photos of near-naked women she believed were demeaning but
banning any photos that showed a woman's nipple, including those
of a woman breastfeeding a child.
(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Richard
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