Why Madonna's Instagram Post Was Deleted—And What She Said About It

Madonna, The Queen of Pop, has recently hit out at Instagram after a post from her account was removed by the social networking platform.

On Thursday, November 25, Madonna had shared numerous images with her 17 million followers, showing her in a variety of different poses in a bedroom.

In the pictures, Madonna was wearing only a lacy bra, fishnet stockings, and Louboutin's, accompanied by a variety of accessories. She posed on the bed, on the floor and her followers even got a close-up of her face and detailed nails.

However, the images of the 63-year-old were removed by Instagram for breaching adult nudity rules as part of Madonna's nipple was showing.

Taking matters into her own hands, Madonna has since republished several of the images in a swipe at Instagram, placing red love heart emojis in the photo's which cover her nipples.

In a post to her followers, Madonna wrote: I'm reposting photographs Instagram took down without warning or notification.

"The reason they gave my management that does not handle my account was that a small portion of my nipple was exposed.

"It is still astounding to me that we live in a culture that allows every inch of a woman's body to be shown except a nipple.

"As if that is the only part of a woman's anatomy that could be sexualized. The nipple that nourishes the baby!"

Madonna did not stop there. She went on to draw comparisons between male and female nipple piercings and other parts of the female body which remain uncensored.

She continued: "Can't a man's nipple be experienced as erotic ??!! And what about a woman's ass which is never censored anywhere. Giving thanks that I have managed to maintain my sanity through four decades of censorship...... sexism......ageism and misogyny."

In a statement to Newsweek, a Meta spokesperson said: "We take down content that breaks our rules whenever we find it, no matter who posts it.

"While we understand not everyone will always agree with where we draw the line, our rules are designed to help keep everyone of all ages safe on our apps, while giving space for as much expression as possible."

Meta went on to explain that it does not allow nudity on Facebook and Instagram for numerous reasons, including concerns regarding consent and risk of cultural sensitivity to nudity.

However, over the years, Meta's rules around nudity have "evolved". At the moment, Meta allows nudity in "several situations, including breastfeeding, acts of protest, paintings and sculptures and in educational and health contexts."

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Madonna's post was removed from Instagram after the post breached adult nudity rules Jeff Kravitz/MTV VMAs 2021/Getty Images for MTV/ViacomCBS