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Chelsea Handler, Miley Cyrus fight Instagram's censorship of topless photos

Cyrus and Handler join the likes of Rihanna and Scout Willis in their protest against Instagram's policies when it comes to nipples.

By Veronica Linares
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Chelsea Handler, Miley Cyrus fight Instagram's censorship of topless photos
Chelsea Handler shown on December 12, 2013. UPI/David Silpa | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Chelsea Handler and Miley Cyrus have reignited a crusade against Instagram's nudity policy after topless photos from the entertainers were deleted from their accounts last week.

While Handler has famously protested the site's nudity policies in the past, her new quest was prompted by the removal of a topless photo of her in the snow. The comedian shared a topless image of herself looking for her missing German Shepard Chunk while skiing on Dec. 26, but the photo was taken off of her account for not adhering to the image sharing site's polices.

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Handler later posted the same image on Twitter, under the caption: "Finding chunk. Instagram had him!"

Cyrus, on the other hand, stood up for the #FreeTheNipple cause on Saturday by posting a black and white photo of herself that showed her nipples, captioned: "Some lame ass deff gonna [flag] that but f--kkkkkkk it." Like she predicted, the picture was soon deleted from her account.

Since then, the 22-year-old singer has been posting Photoshopped pictures featuring photos of herself when she was young on the bodies of naked women with blurred nipples.

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"Free em bb ( . ) ( . )" Cyrus wrote in one of the posts.

A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on

Cyrus and Handler join the likes of Rihanna and Scout Willis, the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, in their protest against Instagram's policies when it comes to nipples.

While defending the campaign earlier this year, Willis said the protest had "nothing to do" with posting nudes on social media.

"It's about the basic hypocrisy of what is and isn't allowed," she said in May. "Violence, drugs, and the general degradation of women is ok but areola is 100 percent taboo. That's why I am mad."

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