Facebook’s Low Boob Tolerance Gets Protested With Giant ‘Breast’ Outside Its HQ
By Yimin Huang, 18 Nov 2019
A giant inflatable boob was stationed outside Facebook’s London headquarters last Friday in protest of the platform’s strict nudity regulations.
According to the BBC, the demonstration was led by medical tattoo artist Vicky Martin, who is known for recreating highly-realistic areolas on the chests of breast cancer survivors who have lost their nipples to mastectomy. Her Facebook page was repeatedly flagged for violating Facebook’s nudity guidelines that ban the display of female nipples.
As showcasing her hyperrealistic reimaginations is essential to Martin’s work, she objected to the suspension but did not get any responses from the social network.
As such, the tattooist decided to adopt a more visible approach by placing a giant inflatable breast in front of the Facebook office with the words “This is art!” printed on it.
Martin told the BBC that the images on her Facebook page are used to help women see how breast cancer survivors can “look complete” again after an arduous battle with the condition. She also asserted that her work was “art” and certainly not “pornographic”.
Since then, Facebook has removed its ban on Martin’s page, telling the BBC that it was a “mistake” made by its algorithm. A spokesperson has also apologized and confirmed that Martin’s profile does not violate Facebook’s nudity guidelines.
This is not the first time Facebook has accidentally flagged recreations of areolas for breast cancer survivors.
In September, tattoo artist Terri Benamore also got her account suspended for her 3D areola tattoo images, but was subsequently unbanned and had received an apology from the platform.
Facebook also using flawed algorithms to permanently ban normal users without notification of what terms have been breached and without right to reply -#facebooklockout BBC News - Huge inflatable breast outside Facebook HQ https://t.co/w1ubfYGNyi— Neil Warwick 🇬🇧 (@beardieguy) November 17, 2019
[via Gizmodo, cover image via Shutterstock]
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