Social media platform Instagram has issued an apology saying they made a mistake when they deleted a picture of two men kissing.
“This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.”
The image of Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer taken by photographer Stella Asia Consonni was originally removed for “violating community guidelines”.
Consonni explained to i-D: “On Saturday morning I opened Instagram and received a message saying that the image had been deleted because it didn’t follow their community guidelines,”
Reading through Instagram’s guidelines, Consonni said she could not find anything applicable to the image. There was no unblurred nipples, no sex, no “close-ups of fully-nude buttocks.”
On Instagram model Jordan Bowen expressed his disappointment with the social media platform:
“@instagram spoon feeds us with rainbows and hashtags to appear in solidarity but it seems real people in love have no place here. This is discriminatory and archaic and violates our right as a couple.”
Further explaining that upset to see his relationship of seven years with Lucifer had been “reduced to a Community Guideline”.
After the photo was reinstated Consonni responded via her Instagram story: “Thank you for the amazing support that came from so many of you.
“This is just a very teeny tiny event in the grand scheme of things but seeing all the amazing response certainly restored a little of my faith in humanity.
“Instagram briefly apologised. But there is still a long way to go in the fight against homophobia. This goes to all my beautiful friends that have to deal with this BS all the time. Keep fighting.”