“This ad isn’t running because it doesn’t follow our advertising policies,” reads the message. “We don’t allow ads that promote adult products or services, such as sex toys, sexual enhancement devices, or sexual videos and publications… Ads like these are sensitive in nature and typically evoke a negative reaction from viewers.”
As Bushnell tells Page Six, “I made a spoof video with two young men and I tried to promote it with Instagram. Then I get this [notice] . . . I wrote back and said, ‘This is a book written by a 60-year-old woman who takes a funny and poignant look at her own life — not a sex toy!’”
She added: “I’ve been censored! Which makes no sense, because think of all the bikini-clad women you see on Instagram every day.”
Adding insult to injury is the fact that Bushnell says she’ applied to be verified by Instagram four times — only to be denied each time.
“Every week, we review thousands of ads, and at times we make mistakes,” an Instagram spokesperson said of Bushnell’s complaint. “This ad was rejected in error and we are sorry. It has since been reinstated.”