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After censoring London fishmonger, Instagram apologizes

Instagram says a video of a shop display was accidentally flagged as containing offensive material posted by a London-based fishmonger.

Rex Goldsmith said that one of his posts had been greyed-out for the second time in two weeks, with a warning message placed above the top. He said he was wondering if somebody vegan had reported it as offensive.

Instagram said the content was mistakenly flagged in a statement. “This content has been marked as sensitive in error and has now been restored. We apologize for the error,” said a spokesman from Facebook parent company Instagram.

The Vegan Society told the Daily Telegraph that while vegans find offensive images of dead animals, it was also unlikely that they would follow a fishmonger’s Instagram account. Mr Goldsmith, who has 2,600 followers on Instagram, said he didn’t know it had happened to other fishmongers, but he heard some butchers had experienced similar censorship.

“For us business people, Instagram is a shop window putting stuff on it,” he said. “I can put a video or photograph of a particular fish, and I often get direct messages or phone calls saying’ save one for me’-it’s a good connector.” I don’t have anything against people who choose not to eat meat or fish, but it’s my little business and I’m precious.

Article originally featured by BBC.

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