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Facebook Agrees To Review Artistic Nudity Policies After Naked Protests

Social media giant Facebook has now agreed to review its artistic nudity stance after people protested naked in front of the Facebook’s New York headquarters against the policies of company against the same. Facebook would meet the National Coalition against Censorship (NCAC) and other stakeholders to discuss the matter, confirmed the social networking site. #WeTheNipple campaign was launched in April by NCAC to call policy changes in Facebook-owned Instagram and Facebook to allow pictures and videos showing female nipples. The NCAC released an official statement after Facebook’s decision, announcing that it would collaborate with the social media company to ensure that the policy of company is “well informed by external experts and perspectives”. NCAC was “excited to announce that Facebook’s policy team has committed to convening a group of stakeholders including artists, art educators, museum curators, activists, as well as Facebook employees, to examine how to better serve artists, including considering a new approach to nudity guidelines,” said the organization. The social media giant’s current policies restrict the images and videos of nude females or sexual activity, considering that the content may be sensitive for some people. On June 3, over 100 anti-censorship activists stripped naked outside Facebook’s New York headquarters to protest against censorship on public nude art installation as a part of the #WeTheNipple protest. The stunt called #WeTheNipple, orchestrated by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and the artist Spencer Tunick, featured models lay in the street naked covering their genitalia with images of male nipples. The community standards of Facebook say, “Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. 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.”

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