There Might Be an R-Rated Version of Instagram Coming Soon

Prepare yourself for *all* the naked selfies.

Lip, Finger, Chest, Muscle, Mobile phone, Long hair, Trunk, Abdomen, Blond, Tan,
(Image credit: Instagram)

has been on the defensive about its nudity policy lately, ever since activists noticed that female nipples were being censored by the app but that male nipples weren't. #FreetheNipple was born, but because they don't want to get kicked out of the App Store by Apple, Instagram is sticking to its no-nudity guns

Until now. During a Vanity Fair panel in San Francisco on Tuesday, cofounder Kevin Systrom said he was investigating other options. Mashable reports that fellow panelist Katie Couric asked him if an "R-rated" version of the app would work. 

"There have been discussions," Systrom said, but added that it can be tricky to figure out "who decides what's R-rated. We're not in the business of hosting porn. We focus on people being able to express themselves in beautiful ways."

There are no further details yet, so in the meantime, you'll have to keep getting cheeky with Photoshop to sneak your photos past the censors. 

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.