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Instagram Is Censoring Hashtags Such As #Lesbian, #Gays And #Bi, Here’s Why

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Earlier this month, The Data Pack released a list of strange and hilarious hashtags that have been censored by the site.

When attempting to browse certain hashtags, users are shown a select few images, along with the following message: Recent posts from lesbian are currently hidden because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagram s community guidelines.

A spokesperson for Stonewall, the UK s LGBT charity, told HuffPost UK: Many young lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in particular use online spaces as forums and a chance to create communities.

Elly Barnes, CEO and founder of Educate & Celebrate, an organisation dedicated to implementing an LGBT Inclusive curriculum, told HuffPost UK: Ostensibly by saying that one hashtag is allowed while another of the same kind isn t, it starts to create a hierarchy within marginalised groups which does no good for anybody.

It s particularly significant in this case because of the significance of words, Barnes said.

Educate & Celebrate have issued a Best Practice Programme that teaches that words such as gay, lesbian, bisexual and trans aren t to be feared,but should be used contextually and with respect .

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