(CNN) – Social media connects us all, but it also leaves us open to criticism or even discrimination.
A local teen says Instagram removed her account after she posted a picture of herself in a bra and boy shorts and that they were wrong to do so.
Samm Newman says, “I’m a big girl, I’m proud, and I post lots of body love.”
But what she doesn’t know is why that got her kicked off Instagram.
“How confident can you be if you keep censoring yourself because people don’t want to look at you,” Newman asks.
The 19-year-old Chillicothe student didn’t used to have the greatest self-esteem. Bullied through junior high and high school, she harmed herself to cope.
“There were times when I ate lunch in the bathroom.”
Then, she found a new source of support online. She began taking part in a body positivity movement on Instagram.
A group of ladies using hashtags like #bodylove and #pizzasisters4lyfe, posting pictures and compliments.
“It was my safe place, because when I went there, I could share anything,” said Newman.
“But did she share too much? Over the weekend Samm’s account was removed. Instagram said she violated their community guidelines under their “what not to do” headline. They warn against sharing photos that show nudity or mature content. Samm says it’s a double standard.
The size 24 teen says it’s size discrimination. There are plenty of photos of thin women wearing much less, even nothing, she contends and say they’re still active.
Instagram did reactivate her account and apologized to Newman in this statement:
“When our team processes reports from other members of the Instagram community, we occasionally make a mistake. In this case, we wrongly removed content and worked to rectify the error as soon as we were notified. We apologize for any inconvenience.”