Bruce Willis' daughter's topless tweets spark Instagram debate

LOS ANGELES Thu May 29, 2014 2:03pm EDT

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Scout Willis, the daughter of Hollywood actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, said on Thursday she wanted to empower women with her topless social media protest against popular photo-sharing site Instagram's no-nudity policy.

Willis, 22, sparked a debate on social media about Internet standards after posting photos of herself topless in public in New York City on her Twitter account on Tuesday, picking up support from the likes of pop star Rihanna.

Willis said she was inspired to confront Instagram's policy after topless photos Rihanna posted of herself on Facebook Inc's Instagram were taken down last month.

"This is about helping women feel empowered to make personal choices about their bodies not dictated by what society says is decent," Willis wrote on Twitter, which allows nude photos.

Willis, who posted a topless photo with the #FreeTheNipple hashtag campaign, said her Instagram account was suspended after she had posted "artistic" and "tasteful" nude photos.

Instagram said in a statement its policies are designed to strike a balance between creative expression and making the service a "fun and safe place."

"Our guidelines put limitations on nudity and mature content," Instagram said. "Once content is reported to us, we review it and remove if it violates our policies." 

Willis said Instagram's policy was contradictory, allowing photos of near-naked women she believed were demeaning but banning any photos that showed a woman's nipple, including those of a woman breastfeeding a child.

(Reporting by Eric Kelsey; Editing by Piya Sinha-Roy and Richard Chang)

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Comments (6)
hathor wrote:
Ok here’s my question…. if your a celebrity with the power to make a difference in the world by speaking out about something, how is the one thing you chose is instagrams nude photo policy? LAME! Stand up for something important!

May 29, 2014 3:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
REnninga wrote:
I guess we can all just be grateful that it is 22-year-old Scout Willis, and NOT late-middle-aged Bruce Willis who is sending the “topless tweets”. No-one wants to see that, and as a man near the same age as Bruce, I can say without fear of rebuttal that ‘man-boobs’ are NOT “empowering.”

May 29, 2014 4:29pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
First, it is up to Instagram to decide what genre of photos they want to allow or not. If Scout Willis wants to display her breasts on the internet there are plenty of websites for that.

Second, how is displaying her breasts to the world ‘empowering’ anything? That would make being a porn start as empowering for women as you can get, and we all know that is not true.

May 30, 2014 4:47am EDT  --  Report as abuse
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