Rihanna has made a return to Instagram, making many fans happy. The news comes after the Barbados singer took a six-month break from the image sharing site, due to a controversial image.
In May, Rihanna used the site to share a topless photo on her page. It sparked outrage from the social media site users, considering there is a no nudity policy. The singer was treated like anyone else, and found her profile disabled due to the decision to break the terms of service.
The decision was arguably a positive one for the social media site, and for those fighting for equality. By disabling the profile, Instagram made it clear that nobody was above the terms of service. This shows that everyone is treated equally on the site. However, the decision to close the profile did lead to some fans believing that the decision was unfair.
One of the main arguments is that the policy against nudity, specifically topless women, is draconian. Many celebrities have already spoken out about the decision. They claim that the site is being sexist by not allowing it. Chelsea Handler was the latest celebrity to have her Instagram profile closed down for posting a topless photo, with the caption saying that “anything a man can do, a woman has the right to do better.”
While Handler saw her Instagram account closed over the weekend, Rihanna made a return. She posted a selfie of herself upside down to celebrate her return.
It seems that the image giant has the ability to simply disable accounts rather than delete them entirely. All of Rihanna’s original photos were available, and her 13 million followers that she had from May were also there. The nude photos are the only ones that are not available for her followers to see.
The Love the Way You Lie singer also shared an image that shows she is friends with the social media site again. It was a drawing of her and Instagram holding hands, and she used the hashtag RIUnited, standing for Rihanna and Instagram united. The social media site even took to Twitter to welcome the singing superstar back to its fold.
The company was so happy about welcoming the singer back that Kevin Systrom brought an end to his two-year Twitter hiatus to welcome her back. The Instagram co-founder simply tweeted “welcome back” and included Instagram and Rihanna’s Twitter links on Sunday.
The singer celebrated her return to the social media site throughout the weekend. A series of memes were shared on Twitter, indicating that she is back in the Instagram fold and is not planning on going anywhere. Now all she has to do is follow the rules.
Many fans will question whether she will stick to the rules. Many female celebrities want to see changes so that female topless images are allowed. However, there are many against this, saying that it could damage too many women. It opens the door for revenge porn and hackers like the ones in September that stole Jennifer Lawrence’s and other celebrity females’ nude images.
It seems that the negativity from May is in the past, though. Fans can rejoice that Rihanna has made a return to Instagram.
By Alexandria Ingham
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