Instagram apologizes for removing photo of boy with facial deformity
Instagram Apologizes For Removing Photo Of Boy With Facial Deformity
User reported photo of Harry Beswick, 12, who has no left eye, to apps content moderators, inspiring outrage
Instagram has apologized for taking down a photo of a boy with a facial deformity after another user reported it to the photo-sharing app’s content moderation team.
Twelve-year-old Harry Beswick was bear with Goldenhar syndrome, which means he has no left eye, eye socket , nostril or left ear. His mother, Charlie, runs a parenting blog and Instagram account where she posts about parenting a special requires child like Harry and his twin brother Oliver.
Beswick posted a photo to Instagram in which Harry was not wearing his prosthetic eye. According to Charlie, another user of the photo-sharing app reported the image, and when Instagram’s content moderation team reviewed it, they decided it breached community guidelines and so the picture was removed.