Over the last week, many influential psoriasis hashtags have been shadow banned by Instagram and Facebook. The Psoriasis Censorship caused a major outcry from the psoriasis community and no wonder, why are we being punished for showing off our skin? Does my skin offend you Instagram?
Personally, I was outraged when I saw that many hashtags used by the psoriasis community had been hidden or even blocked by Instagram. Instagram stated that the images were being hidden ‘because the community has reported some content that may not meet Instagrams community guidelines’. So, does my skin offend you and your users Instagram?
What I really want to know is why I can easily watch porn and access inappropriate images by searching for hashtags on Instagram but hashtags which help people in their day to day lives are banned. It just makes no sense to me!
For many Psoriasis warriors, including myself, Instagram is one of the best platforms for our community to talk and share out stories through hashtags such as #getyourskinout and #psoriasisawareness. For me, I found so much comfort in the online community when I was first diagnosed as well as when I am feeling down about my skin. I look to the community and instantly feel better, knowing that someone else out there knows how I am feeling at that moment.
It took a long time and a lot of courage for us to share our stories and images online and create that safe place where we could feel the love and support we need. By building our online community, it has helped so many people to accept and learn to love their psoriasis.
The psoriasis censorship has made me feel ashamed of my skin like it wasn’t good enough. I haven’t felt that way for so long and it discouraged me a little. However, one great thing that has come out of this, is the coming together of the community and the outrage that we shared together. Hundreds of people posted pictures of their psoriasis skin, including model Caridee English, to protest the banned images showing that we will not be silent or ashamed of our condition. The Psoriasis Association also started a petition again the censorship of psoriasis on social media which has know reach almost 3,000 signatures! Make sure you sign it here and show Instagram that it is not okay to ban these images!
What do you think of the psoriasis censorship?