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Posted: May 30, 2014

Scout Willis stages topless protest against Instagram

Michael Buckner
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: DJ Rumer Willis (L) and Scout Willis attend the 5th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration presented by CUSP by Neiman Marcus. Hosted by ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers with performances by Sarah McLachlan, Angel Haze and Betty Who, with special DJ set by Rumer Willis at Avalon on April 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ELLE)

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            Scout Willis stages topless protest against Instagram
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 22: DJ Rumer Willis (L) and Scout Willis attend the 5th Annual ELLE Women in Music Celebration presented by CUSP by Neiman Marcus. Hosted by ELLE Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers with performances by Sarah McLachlan, Angel Haze and Betty Who, with special DJ set by Rumer Willis at Avalon on April 22, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for ELLE)

By Erik Shute

​Scout Willis, daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, takes off her top to spite Instagram.

Several sources, including Inside Edition, report the 22-year-old fashion designer shopped the streets of New York while baring everything from the waist up.

Why?

Well, one, it's legal to do so in NYC, and two, she's protesting Instagram's no-nudity policy. Willis and Instagram have had an online feud in recent weeks. The photo-sharing network took down her primary account after she posted what it called explicit photos. 

She tweeted her topless adventure through New York's Lower East Side. Twitter's policy is a little more lenient and allows users to post mature content if they mark their account as "sensitive." (Via Twitter)

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"My comfort with my body should not be dictated by how others perceive me. However, I don't wish to force this view on anyone. If you don't like what you see, simply unfollow me." (Via Twitter / @Scout_Willis

The topless tweeter also called out Instagram playboy Dan Bilzerian. He's known for showing off his lifestyle with extravagant and often racy photos. His account has never been disabled, but his photos might push the limits of Instagram's rules. (Via Twitter / @Scout_WillisInstagram / danbilzerian)

Instagram responded to the topless tactics in a statement to E! News, saying:

"We try hard to find a good balance between allowing people to express themselves creatively and keeping Instagram a fun and safe place. Our guidelines put limitations on nudity and mature content." (Via E!)

Willis reposted Instagram's statement on Twitter Wednesday. (Via Twitter / @Scout_WillisYouTube / HelloGiggles )

​So far, commenters on social media agree with Willis' cause. She joins a growing list of celebs who've come under scrutiny for posting mature content, including Rihanna, Chrissy Teigen, and Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington, who posted a sketch of herself without a shirt. (Via Extra TVFlickr / Kim Erlandsen / NRK P3OWNFlickr / Jauretsi)

No word on whether Instagram is reconsidering its policy, but as Willis pointed out on Twitter, we might see this become "so much bigger than Instagram now."

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