Instagram apologises after censoring London fishmonger

Rex Goldsmith with two fishImage copyright Rex Goldsmith / The Chelsea Fishmonger

Instagram says a video of a store show posted by a London-based fishmonger was by accident flagged as containing offensive materials.

Rex Goldsmith mentioned it was the second time in two weeks that one in every of his posts had been greyed-out, with a warning message positioned excessive.

He mentioned he questioned whether or not it had been reported as offensive by somebody vegan.

Instagram mentioned in an announcement that the content material had been mistakenly flagged.

“This content was marked as sensitive in error and has now been reinstated. We apologise for the mistake.” mentioned a spokesman from Instagram’s guardian firm Facebook.

“I totally understand censorship – but when you think that Instagram is owned by Facebook, and if you look at some of the videos on Facebook, they are disgusting – some are violent, some have foul language – I find it a bit bizarre that they can then think a bit of cod fillet is offensive,” Mr Goldsmith informed the BBC.

“It’s kind of backfired – if you’re scrolling through your Instagram feed and you come across a censored image, you’d want to have a look.”

The Vegan Society informed the Daily Telegraph that whereas vegans do discover photos of lifeless animals offensive, they had been additionally unlikely to comply with the Instagram account of a fishmonger.

Mr Goldsmith, who has 2,600 followers on Instagram, mentioned he was not conscious of it having occurred to different fishmongers, however he had heard that some butchers had skilled related censorship.

“Instagram is a shop window for us business people who put stuff on it,” he mentioned.

“I can put a video or photograph up of a specific fish, and I’ll usually get direct messages or telephone calls saying ‘save one for me’ – it is a good connector.

“I’ve nothing in opposition to individuals who select to not eat meat or fish, nevertheless it’s my little enterprise and I’m valuable about it.”

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