The board of directors of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, has recommended that the company unify its rules regarding photos showing exposed chests. The company’s advisory panel found the current rules treating men’s nipples differently than women’s and non-binary nipples as “unclear”.
Meeting of the Meta Supervisory Board, which includes, among others, scientists and journalists, took place on January 17. During the meeting, the council recommended that the company change its policy of moderating nudity content so that it “subjects to clear criteria that respect international standards” human rights“.
Nipples on Instagram and Facebook. Council recommendation
The council’s opinion follows confusion over posts posted in 2021 and 2022 on Meta’s Facebook by a couple who identify as transgender and non-binary. They pose topless there, but their nipples are covered. However, the post was marked by other users as violating the rules of the platform and subjected to artificial intelligence analysis. She removed it from the site. It was reinstated after the couple appealed the decision.
The advisory board has now assessed that the current “policy is based on a binary view of gender and the distinction between male and female bodies”, making the rules “unclear” for photos of intersex or non-binary nipples. Members of the council therefore recommended Meta to develop “clear, objective and respecting (human – ed.)” criteria for a policy of moderation of this type of content.
Meta has 60 days to respond to the council’s recommendations. She has already issued a statement regarding them. “We’re constantly evolving our policies to help make our platforms safer for everyone,” it said. “We know more can be done to support the LGBTQ+ community, which means working with LGBTQ+ experts and organizations on a wide range of issues and product improvements.”
The “Guardian” recalls that the #FreetheNipple campaign, launched a few years earlier, broke into the mainstream in 2013 after Facebook removed clips from the documentary by American actress and director Lina Esco “Free the Nipple”. This slogan was often used by feminists at the time, emphasizing that ordering that only women’s nipples be covered in social media is a sign of discrimination. Many celebrities joined the campaign. Rihanna, Miley Cyrus and Lena Dunham.
In 2015, the American artist Micol Hebron created stickers imitating male nipples, which are not forbidden to be displayed in photos published on Facebook and Instagram. In this way, Hebron wanted to enable women to post photos on their profiles in which they pose topless, and to show the absurdity of this situation.
The Guardian, oversightboard.com
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