Artist’s Account Censored After Protesting Instagram’s Regulation Of Nudity
By Yimin Huang, 28 Oct 2019
Artist Betty Tompkins was one of the 20 art world professionals who got invited to visit Facebook and Instagram’s New York offices for a conversation on censorship.
Ironically, her account was suspended after she accused Instagram of not following its own nudity guidelines for art.
As she was unable to be physically there, Tompkins sent in her statement detailing the problem of getting regularly censored by Instagram for nudity in art, despite guidelines saying that it is permitted. In her statement, she highlighted that “numerous artists” also suffered the “same fate.”
Instagram’s current guidelines indicate that nudity in paintings and sculptures are allowed, per Artnet.
Soon after posting a section of her statement to Instagram, Tompkins’ account ironically got disabled again.
This was not the first time it happened. Early this year, after she posted a picture of an exhibition catalog at the Parisian Center Pompidou featuring her own art, her account was suspended.
Tompkins told Artnews that it is challenging for an artist to be “active” in the art world if they could not have a voice on the social media giant.
This is especially a problem when female artists and female subjects in art both tend to be censored more than their male counterparts, according to Artnet.
Photographer Spencer Tunick has also made a similar protest by getting activists to conceal their bodies with photographs of zoomed-in male nipples in front of Facebook’s offices.
However, Facebook has merely clarified its nudity guidelines without a clear official definition of what is considered “inappropriate.”
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Part of my statement that was read at the round table on Monday. I was going to post it yesterday but ironically my account was again deleted. I am very grateful to the people at Facebook and Instagram who got it back up they were humane, generous,and efficient. I admire them. Apparently the reviewer thought my painting was a photo (not covered by the guidelines) I will clearly state what my images are in the future. I do them too well. Sigh
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[via Artnet, cover image via Shutterstock]
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