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Facebook Slackens Nudity Policies, Says It’s Sometimes Okay To Free The Nipple
By Mikelle Leow, 25 Apr 2018
Composite image by DesignTAXI. Background image via Facebook / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)
Facebook’s moderators, whether human or AI, haven’t been too accurate or lenient with the content they ban. In the past, the social network wrongfully censored out artworks including a 19th century painting and a busty, 30,000-year-old statue.
Now, Facebook has released a 25-page guide describing what it perceives to be violating its community standards. This follows the recent attention placed on fake news, which allegedly saw its repercussions play out in the last US presidential election.
Apart from bullying and spam, the app weighed in on its nudity policings, which it claimed have become more astute over time.
“Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time,” Facebook wrote. “We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content.”
The platform cited that while it bars “some images” of nipple-baring female breasts, photos “depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring” are acceptable. It also described that images of artworks depicting nude figures are allowed.
[via Fast Company, cover image via Facebook / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 4.0)]
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