Instagram apologises for removing photo of two men kissing

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            <img class="js-image-replace" alt="Stella Asia Consonni" src="" width="976" height="549"/><br/>Image copyright
             Stella Asia Consonni
    </figure><p class="story-body__introduction">Olly Alexander and Jade Thirlwall are among people who have expressed anger over Instagram taking down a photo of two men kissing.</p><p>The photo was removed from photographer Stella Asia Consonni's Instagram feed for "violating community guidelines".</p><p>Instagram says the photo was removed by mistake.</p><p>"This post was removed in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated," says a spokesperson for Instagram.</p><p>London-based photographer Stella posted the photo on Saturday 30 June and she later spoke about the photo being removed in her Instastory.</p><p>The photo featured two men - Jordan Bowen and Luca Lucifer - and was published in a piece <a href="" class="story-body__link-external">in I-D magazine.</a></p><p>It is part of a series of photos by Stella, which she plans to exhibit later this year, exploring modern relationships through portraits of couples.</p><figure class="media-landscape no-caption full-width">
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             Stella Asia Consonni / Instagram
    </figure><p>It reappeared on Stella's feed on Sunday, after Olly, Jade and other key people in fashion and LGBT rights asked Instagram why the photo had been deleted.</p><figure class="media-landscape has-caption full-width">
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                Olly Alexander from Years &amp; Years asked Instagram for an explanation on his Instastory
        </figcaption></figure><p>Stella says she has received homophobic messages since first posting the photo.</p><p>"I am receiving many hate messages, saying that it's disgusting and that I should kill myself for posting that," Stella tells Newsbeat.</p><p>Stella says she was given no explanation by Instagram why they reinstated her photo and believes it was only done so after public outcry.</p><figure class="media-landscape has-caption full-width">
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                Jade from Little Mix also voiced her anger about the photo being removed from Stella's account
        </figcaption></figure><p>Jordan also responded to the photo being deleted, saying his seven-year relationship with Luca had been "reduced to a community guideline."</p><p>Instagram says the photo is among the "millions of reports a week" they receive from offended users and that it should not have been removed.</p><p><i>Follow Newsbeat on </i><a href="" class="story-body__link-external">Instagram</a><i>, </i><a href="" class="story-body__link-external">Facebook</a><i> and </i><a href="" class="story-body__link-external">Twitter</a>. </p><p><i>Listen to Newsbeat </i><a href="" class="story-body__link">live</a><i> at 12:45 and 17:45 every weekday on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra - if you miss us you can listen back </i><a href="" class="story-body__link">here</a>. </p>
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