could instagram go r-rated?

@kevin says maybe.

by Alice Newell-Hanson
Oct 7 2015, 5:00pm

via @mileycyrus

Katie Couric asked the questions that mattered at Vanity Fair's New Establishment Summit yesterday. Namely, she asked Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom about the platform's nudity policy. Systrom has recently had to talk about women's nipples more, we can assume, than he ever imagined he would have to in his 31 years of life so far - thanks to the controversy surrounding the app's unclear party line on images of boobs.

Couric's real ace-in-the-hole was a question about whether Instagram would ever release an R-rated version. "There have been discussions," Systrom answered. But, as Mashable reports, he admitted that deciding what constitutes R-rated material is highly subjective. Who would decide? The nipple-haters at Apple?

"Just to be clear: nudity isn't banned on Instagram," Systrom added. While Instagram's nudity policy is still, in fact, anything but clear, he was adamant about one thing: "We're not in the business of hosting porn. We focus on people being able to express themselves in beautiful ways."

Lena Dunham, who also sat on the panel, agreed with Systrom's point. She spoke about the "psychic turmoil" she'd experienced as a Twitter user, calling Instagram, on the other hand, "one of the few things on the internet that has actually improved my life."


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