- Naturist Brendan Jones, 27, has slammed Instagram after account was shut down
- Get Naked Australia feed features nude hikers of all shapes, ages and sizes
- Healthcare worker, from Sydney, says images do not sexualise bodies
- Claims the feed is no longer searchable for anyone other than existing followers
The man behind a body positive Instagram account that encourages followers to share naked snaps of themselves enjoying the great outdoors says it’s been ‘shadow banned’ by the network.
Brendan Jones, 27, from Sydney, launched his Get Naked Australia feed in June 2016, and has built up a 222K following with his snaps of nude hikers of all ages, shapes and sizes, posing against an array of picturesque backdrops.
But now Brendan says the account has been flagged as potentially inappropriate by Instagram, which he says has ‘shadow banned’ the feed – meaning no one who doesn’t already follow Get Naked Australia would be able to find it by searching.
And now the healthcare professional fears the page could shut after hashtag GetNakedAustralia was barred – despite only featuring photos from behind with no explicit nudity.
The Instagrammer is frustrated accounts featuring pornographic images and videos remain active, arguing that his posts desexualize the human body and are not inappropriate.
Brendan said: ‘All last year we were growing by 1,000 followers a week, then suddenly it stopped.
‘I asked Instagram why this was happening, and got a notification saying the hashtag had been hidden because content did not meet Instagram’s community guidelines.
Source: Daily Mail
Original publication 18 April, 2018
Posted on NatCorn 12th June 2021
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