With the exception of people or businesses that are expressly authorized to create accounts on behalf of their employers or clients, Instagram prohibits the creation of and you agree that you will not create an account for anyone other than yourself. You also represent that all information you provide or provided to Instagram upon registration and at all other times will be true, accurate, current and complete and you agree to update your information as necessary to maintain its truth and accuracy.
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.
Instagram is not a place to support or praise terrorism, organized crime, or hate groups.
With the rise of the terrorist group ISIS pinned on it’s social media activity, Instagram is clearly attempting to defend itself against any blame in the case of any terrorist activity being located on their platform. It is perhaps surprising that a social media platform has to state that no terrorism, crime or hate is allowed, as negative activity isn’t really considered as being ‘social’. However certain groups have identified that social media is a huge resource in terms of recruiting new members, as it gives a user the opportunity to connect to a vast amount of people globally and as there are so many other users on social media, the chances of being discovered straight away unless reported, are quite small. Despite the best efforts from social media platforms, it is clear that terrorist groups, criminals and hate groups have a lot to gain through using social media. It allows them to both recruit members and to spread their messages, if a terrorist posts a video of a violent nature, the viral nature of social media is likely to ensure it is seen by thousands of people before the platform has a chance to take it down.
We do generally allow stronger conversation around people who are featured in the news or have a large public audience due to their profession or chosen activities.
This is a really interesting term, that suggests that celebrities or other well-known people should perhaps expect to receive negative messages, because that is an aspect of their profession. It is interesting that instead of taking steps to try and create a positive community, that Instagram is effectively guarding themselves from blame just in case a particular celebrity user does receive abuse from other Instagram users. I would also be interested to know how Instagram intends to define the ‘strength’ of the conversation surrounding well known users, whether they continually analyse the traffic around one particular user or whether they base it on how many comments get reported. Do they base it on whether there are any obscenities used or do they do a qualitative analysis of what it said in order to establish whether it is too ‘strong’. Perhaps this term is deliberately ambiguous and loosely defined to make sure that Instagram can’t be blamed if abusive activity does happen.
Each of us is an important part of the Instagram community. If you see something that you think may violate our guidelines, please help us by using our built-in reporting option.
Here Instagram is encouraging users to watch each other, they are intending to establish self-regulation between the users. Michel Foucalt’s panoptican really comes into play here, with the idea that there is no need for the guard (Instagram) to interfere when the prisoners (Instagram users) are all responsible for watching each other.