Meta is being called upon to review its rules on nudity, particularly those that prohibit women from exposing their breasts.
Meta (Facebook, Instagram) is again being called upon to reconsider its nudity rules, particularly those that prohibit women from exposing their breasts and that undermine the ability of women, transgender or non-binary people to express themselves. supervisory board of the group.
“We ask Meta to look into this matter. We say there should be more equality,” former Danish prime minister and member of Meta’s supervisory board Helle Thorning-Schmidt said in an Instagram webcast on Thursday.
“Interestingly, the only nipples that aren’t sexualized are men or operated nipples,” he said. The social media giant’s “supreme court” recently ruled that it should not remove nipple-covered photos shared by a couple showing off Meta’s breasts.
The legend talked about the health of transsexuals and explained that one in two would soon undergo sex reassignment surgery (breast removal). The couple were raising money to fund the intervention. “The removal of these images is not consistent with Meta’s values or human rights obligations,” the review board said Tuesday.
“Free these beauties”
“The company’s adult nudity policy more severely restricts women, transgender and non-binary people from expressing themselves on its platforms,” the board said.
The review board consists of 20 international members, journalists, lawyers, human rights defenders and former political leaders. It was created in 2020 at the suggestion of boss Mark Zuckerberg and is responsible for evaluating the content moderation policy of the Californian group.
The meta rules prohibit images of female nipples except in certain health contexts, such as breastfeeding or gender reassignment surgery. “This arrangement is based on a binary view of gender,” the council said. “This involves moderators quickly and subjectively determining sex and gender, which is unrealistic on a large scale.”
It therefore advises Meta’s management to “approach human rights criteria clearly, objectively and respectfully” so that people are treated in accordance with international human rights standards without sex or gender discrimination. Instagram is regularly accused by users of caution and objectivity.
“Leave these beauties,” model Helena Christensen wrote Thursday in a comment on a parody video of comedian Celeste Barber rocking her pixelated bare breasts. During the Instagram Board of Control conference on Thursday, users asked why Meta didn’t just “remove all the nipples.”
But the members of the institution do not comment on this question. Council member Julie Owono, AFP consultant and NGO director, told AFP: “This case shows that Meta’s current rules restricting breast images are confusing and based on a binary view of gender and the difference between male and female bodies.” Unlimited Internet.
Meta, for its part, recalled that the controversial images have already been restored, and the company has already admitted that they should not have been removed. “We know we can do more to support the LGBTQ+ community,” a spokesperson told AFP.
The group plans to publicly respond to the council’s recommendations by mid-March. In August 2021, Instagram issued an apology after briefly deleting posts sharing a poster for the film Madres Paralelas, showing Spain’s Pedro Almodovar’s nipple with a drop of milk hanging from it. They were restored in the name of artistic context.
And in October 2020, the application revised one of its rules regarding photos of breasts, banning them from “squeezing”, under penalty of removal, where the cliché is considered pornographic. A plus-size model accused Instagram of discrimination and the platform allowed content of a person hugging or simply holding their chest.