After a decade of campaigns against the discriminatory ban, Facebook and Instagram’s parent company has called for an overhaul to a policy it says impedes freedom of expression for women and trans and nonbinary people.
For years now, social media’s blatant censorship bias has come under increasing fire, especially its discriminatory ban on bare breasts.
Despite more than ten years of campaigns, it remains a problem on Facebook and Instagram in particular, where strict community guidelines still prevent anyone from sharing images of female nipples unless, of course, they aren’t real.
Today, the platforms are rife with inventive takes on circumventing these rules.
Some choose to get creative and obscure their nips with paint, glitter, and hair, to name a few.
Others channel their digital expertise and impose a rectangular black bar, blur sensitive areas, or overlay a skin-coloured patch to give the impression their nipples don’t exist at all.
Most, however, are sick and tired of going to so much effort.
Thankfully, it looks like they won’t have to for much longer because Meta’s Oversight Board – a group of academics, politicians, and journalists who advise on content-moderation – has called for more inclusive policies on adult nudity, saying those currently in place impede freedom of expression for women and trans and nonbinary people.
Has the internet giant finally acknowledged how archaic the fact that only men are allowed to go topless on their apps truly is?
Not quite. According to the Guardian, the move follows Meta’s recent decision to take down two posts from a couple who identify as trans and nonbinary.
In the captions, they discussed that one of them planned to undergo gender-affirming surgery to create a flatter chest and that the duo was fundraising to pay for the procedure.