It’s a challenging issue for platforms like Instagram, which at its core is committed to fostering creativity and building global communities. Not to mention that it has become a fundamental tool—a medium, even—for so many artists.
In addition to hindering artistic freedoms, Soda and Byström argue that these policies reinforce harmful stigmas against women’s bodies. “I think the problem with Instagram is just mirroring a bigger problem within society, which is how we look at bodies and I think that’s where things really have to change,” says Soda. The 28-year-old artist has garnered a massive following for internet-based performance work, and has seen a handful of her own images taken off the platform.