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.”
Mashable: Belgian museums are uniting in protest against Facebook over artistic nudity ban. “Belgian museums are banding together to take on Facebook over the social media giant’s rules on nudity, specifically of the artistic variety. The Flemish Tourist Board is trying to convince Facebook to change its rules over how it treats artistic nudity from Flemish Masters such as Peter Paul Rubens. The tourist board, Visit Flanders, points out that its Facebook postings with images containing artistic nudity are often removed by the company when they try to promote them.”
NewNowNext: These Queer Artists Were Censored on Social Media. Now, They’re Fighting Back . “‘We removed your post because it doesn’t follow [Instagram’s] community guidelines. If you violate our guidelines again, your account may be restricted or disabled.’ That vague, fateful warning is one Gio Black Peter has received time and time again. To date, Peter, a queer New York-based visual artist, has cycled through 10 Instagram accounts, 15 Facebook pages, two YouTube accounts, and four Vimeo profiles. And he’s not alone: For queer fine artists‚ particularly those whose work includes nudity, censorship on social media is an unfortunate reality. These platforms—all vital networking assets and creative tools for working artists in the digital age—are notorious for their harsh censorship practices, especially when it comes to nudity.” The nudity in the images accompanying this article is blocked out.
Lonely Planet: Clothing optional? A new website is offering holiday homes around the world for naturists. “A new Airbnb-style booking website for naturists promises to give those who enjoy shedding their clothes while relaxing better options for accommodation while on vacation. NaturistBnB offers over 200 properties worldwide for those who wish to go nude, with more being added all the time as the word is spreading.” This article does include some non-salacious pictures of nude rumps, which might be NSFW depending on where you work.
From Motherboard, with a warning for the headline: Leaked Documents Show Facebook’s Struggles With Dick Pics. “Facebook’s moderators are grappling with the challenges of revenge porn, sextortion, and people sharing unsolicited dick pics with users, according to newly leaked documents obtained by Motherboard. The company’s moderators have recently been told to stop punishing people who complain about receiving dick pics, which shows how Facebook’s own policies around nudity are constantly evolving.”
New York Times: Facebook Lets Ads Bare a Man’s Chest. A Woman’s Back Is Another Matter.. “When Krista Venero, an author who writes under the pen name K.L. Montgomery, bought ads on Facebook for a romance novel she published last year, she thought her marketing fell well within the bounds of the social network’s policies. The ad showed an image of a woman photographed from behind with a portion of her upper back exposed…. Facebook rejected her ad, however, and when she disputed the decision, a representative told her that it implied nudity and that the company did not allow ads ‘with a sexual undertone.'”
Artnet: MFA Boston Is the Latest Museum Driven Crazy by Instagram Censorship. “Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts is stuck in a stalemate with Instagram after photos from its latest exhibition—a survey of decorous abstracted nudes by Imogen Cunningham—were censored by the image-sharing app, and the museum’s pleas to have its artwork allowed on social media have gone unheard.”