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Celebrities aren't as free as the world might think they are--especially on social media. While the rest of the world can practically post whatever they want, celebs with a large number of followers are often under scrutiny and are often censored by social media platforms.

Instagram has been known as a social media application that continuously blocked and removed content, especially of women, from its site. Rihanna, Ximena Duque, Miley Cyrus and others have had their posts removed for nudity or for anything that the company deems breaks their user community guidelines.  

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The social networks have pretty simple community guidelines that users must follow. "We want Instagram to continue to be an authentic and safe place for inspiration and expression," Instagram's guidelines read. "Help us foster this community. Post only your own photos and videos and always follow the law. Respect everyone on Instagram, don't spam people or post nudity."

While this is respectable, especially because people of all ages use the application, it seems like they only monitor nudity when it comes to women's bodies. Some celebrities have pushed the envelope and learned the hard way that Instagram has no problem with laying down the law when it comes to what they seem acceptable on their platform. Check out these celebrities who've had their posts removed from social media. 

Rihanna almost had her entire account shut down! 1

After she shared some risqué photos from her covershoot with Lui magazine, Instagram threatened to close her account unless she deleted the pics. 


Rihanna followed up by deleting the images and sharing the meme. 2

Following the ordeal, Rih rightfully took a long break from the social media platform. 


Ximena Duque's video of her baby Luna's birth was taken down. 3

Apparently childbirth is too graphic for Instagram. The actress took to Instagram to say the video was taken down because someone had reported it. So sad.

Instagram reportedly deleted one of Kim Kardashian's post but not for nudity. 4

Kim posted a photo of herself sucking on a lollipop that's supposed to act as an appetite suppressant, because it violated community guidelines by encouraging eating disorders, diet fads, etc. The photo was taken down but Instagram later released a statement saying it was a "mistake and has restored the photo to her account."


Miley Cyrus has been trying to get past the Instagram nudity rules for so long. 5

Back in 2014, she shared a photo of herself completely topless and captioned it: "Some lame ass deff gonna [flag] that but f--kkkkkkk it. #practicewhatchupreach #FreeTheNipple #FreedatShit." It was promptly removed from her page. 


Chrissy Teigen's racy photo was deleted from Instagram for showing her nipple. 6

She looked stunning in the shoot for W magazine, but Instagram didn't think it was appropriate. The hilarious model found a way to share another image of herself topless by covering her breast with a hairspray bottle.


Chrissy fired back by sharing a naked pic of her husband John Legend. 7

She wrote "@Instagram" in the caption to test the waters and see if the company would take it down, but alas, years later and John's photo of his butt is still up.

Instagram was not having it with Amber Rose's NSFW pic. 8

The model was totally naked from the waist down in a photo she shared on Instagram and Twitter in 2017 to promote her SlutWalk campaign. While Twitter let her keep it, Instagram quickly took it down


Amber reacted to the post being taken down with a video of herself rolling her eyes. 9

"When IG deletes ur fire ass feminist post but you really don't give a f--k because everyone picked it up already," she captioned the cute clip.

Chelsea Handler accused Instagram of sexism. 10

The platform took down this photo of her topless on a horse and the comedian was not happy. 


Scout LaRue Willis took a stand against Instagram. 11

Bruce Willis and Demi Moore's daughter did a protest against Instagram after they removed her photos from the social media site. She took to Twitter to share the images instead. She received support from other celebrities.

Cara Delevingne used her voice to speak out for other women. 12

She joined the #FreeTheNipple movement in 2014 by sharing a comparison between a man and a woman's anatomy to show that we're practically the same.


Azealia Banks was banned from Twitter. 13

The rapper was suspended from Twitter after sending several racist and anti-Muslim tweets against singer Zayn Malik.

Rupi Kaur artwork was deleted from Instagram. 14

After the poet shared a photo of a woman on a bed with a period stain, Instagram deleted the photo not once, but twice after she reposted it." She addressed on Facebook, writing: "Thank you Instagram for providing me with the exact response my work was created to critique. you deleted my photo twice stating that it goes against community guidelines. i will not apologize for not feeding the ego and pride of misogynist society that will have my body in an underwear but not be okay with a small leak. when your pages are filled with countless photos/accounts where women (so many who are underage) are objectified. pornified. and treated less than human. thank you."⠀⠀


Artist Dragana Jurisic took aim at Instagram and Facebook for taking her nude portrait down. 15

She also called out the social media app for allowing people like Kim Kardashian to pose provocative photos.