New York Times: Will Instagram Ever ‘Free the Nipple’?. “For years, artists have put pressure on Facebook and Instagram to treat female and male nipples equally, but such a change may be too radical for Silicon Valley.”
IFL Science: This Is Why Women Are Setting Their Gender To Male On Instagram. “The Instagram community guidelines state that nudity and inappropriate content is not allowed on the platform. ‘This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks. It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed.’ However back in April, the Instagram algorithm changed to demote certain posts, even if they don’t technically break the rules set by the platform itself, HuffPost reports. “
BirminghamLive: Facebook bans tattooist’s nipple mastectomy photos. “A tattooist who offers life-like nipple reconstruction tattoos for women who have undergone mastectomies says photos of her work have been removed by Facebook. In a bid to spread the word as to what she can do to help others, Kerry [Irvine] has posted photographs of tattooed nipples on Facebook and Instagram. But she said some of the pictures were removed, her page has been suspended a number of times and she has been blocked out of her account for displaying sexual content.” Facebook has restored the account, but this is one more argument against Facebook policing its own content.
TimesLive (South Africa): Zulu maidens march against Google censorship of ‘bare breasts’ at annual reed dance. “Cultural activist Nomagugu Ngobese, who is in charge of the group of about 50 maidens, said that western societies, and Google, needed to respect how they showed pride in their culture.”
The Next Web: Twitch is okay with breastfeeding — but many viewers aren’t, and that’s a problem. “A Twitch streamer apparently started a revolution when she began breastfeeding her child on stream. When a clip of her doing so was deleted, she protested to Twitch. Site support eventually revealed the issue was that no one had, up to now, actually set policy on breastfeeding — but they did decree that it’s allowed.”
Techdirt: Content Moderation At Scale Is Impossible: Facebook Still Can’t Figure Out How To Deal With Naked Breasts. “Like a teenaged heterosexual boy, it appears that Facebook has no clue how to deal with naked female breasts. Going back over a decade, the quintessential example used to show the impossibility of coming up with clear, reasonable rules for content moderation at scale is Facebook and breasts.”
Fstoppers: Nipples Are Banned, but Animal Abuse and Brutal Violence Are OK: Instagram Is Broken. “As a photographer absorbed with curating my profile and admiring the work of some amazing artists, it’s not always apparent how much of Instagram is filled with truly terrible things. I’ve written before about how Instagram is a cesspit of populist content that is driven by clicks as opposed to quality. I’ve also complained at length about Instagram’s clear reluctance to combat freebooting on its platform, happy to see content stolen as long as users stay in the app, consuming its adverts. What I failed to realize was how much of Instagram is violent, graphic, and seemingly free of moderation. Around the world, thousands of 13-year-olds will be receiving new electronic devices this Christmas, many of them no doubt opening new Instagram accounts. Terrifyingly, those children, with all the parental controls in place, could in just a few clicks be watching footage of animals being abused, or, as I just discovered, people being executed. In [Mason] Gentry’s experience, reporting this content seems to make little difference.”