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.”
WRAL: Harnett mom banned from Facebook over her child breastfeeding photo. “A Harnett County mother of five is speaking out after she was banned from Facebook three days ago for posting a picture of her breastfeeding her youngest child.”
EurekAlert: Deep learning can distinguish recalled-benign mammograms from malignant and negative images . “An artificial intelligence (AI) approach based on deep learning convolutional neural network (CNN) could identify nuanced mammographic imaging features specific for recalled but benign (false-positive) mammograms and distinguish such mammograms from those identified as malignant or negative.”
The Plastic Surgery Foundation: NBIR Now Open Register Today. “The Plastic Surgery Foundation has collaborated with the FDA and breast implant device manufacturers to develop the National Breast Implant Registry (NBIR) to strengthen the post-marketing surveillance infrastructure for current and future breast implant devices. The NBIR is a prospective, non-interventional, population-based, outcomes and safety surveillance registry and quality improvement initiative. The NBIR collects clinical, procedural and outcomes data at the time of operation and any subsequent reoperations for all US patients receiving breast implants. Plastic Surgeons that enter data into the NBIR will be able to compare their practice performance and outcomes to the registry aggregate.”
BBC: Facebook rejects Montreal museum’s ad over Picasso nude. “The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts online ad for its big summer exhibit was blocked because it showed abstract breasts painted by the modern master. The museum eventually had to reach out directly to Facebook in order to get the posts authorised.”
Phys.org: Facebook sorry for blocking Delacroix masterpiece over nudity. “Facebook admitted on Sunday making a mistake after it banned an advert featuring French artist Eugene Delacroix’s famous work, ‘Liberty Leading the People,’ because it depicts a bare-breasted woman. The 19th-century masterpiece was featured in an online campaign for a play showing in Paris when it was blocked on the social networking site this week, the play’s director Jocelyn Fiorina said.”
IOL: Protest at Google, Facebook ‘bullying’ of bare-breasted maidens. “CULTURAL groups and traditional values enforcers say they feel bullied and are concerned that media giants Facebook and Google continue deleting online pictures of bare-breasted maidens. More than 200 maidens yesterday protested against the media companies, accusing them of discriminating against African culture.” I wasn’t sure that I understood what the “maidens” were in this context, but Wikipedia helped with an article about the Reed Dance Ceremony. WARNING: As you might expect, there are breasts visible in this article.
BBC: YouTube lifts Swazi bare-breasted dancer restrictions. “A spokesperson for the video-sharing platform told the BBC that YouTube allows nudity when ‘culturally relevant or properly contextualised’. Users who had uploaded reed dance videos were angered when it was classified as age-restricted content. YouTube has denied accusations of racism, saying it was keen to be culturally sensitive.
Facebook: Ooopsie! Sorry about banning you, tattoo artist for breast cancer survivors! “Facebook says it was mistaken in disabling the accounts of a woman who aids breast cancer survivors in the St. Louis area by creating tattoos of the nipple and areola after reconstructive surgery.”