Facebook has agreed to meet with anti-censorship activists and reconsider its policies regarding nude photography following a naked protest outside the social media giant’s New York offices earlier this week.
The National Coalition Against Censorship staged the attention-grabbing protest to raise awareness of what they view as Facebook’s censorship of artists. According to the group, Facebook’s policies disproportionately affect communities that are already marginalized. Now the company has pledged to meet with artists, curators and educators to determine a better way to avoid banning artists in the future. However, even though this is a step in the right direction, the activists still expressed confusion and doubt over Facebook’s rules.
“It’s like playing Russian Roulette,” NCAC founder Dawn Robertson told CNN. “I never know, when I post, whether they’re going to take it down… Facebook is dictating how the world views the female nude body, and they’re treating it like it’s a crime and it’s shameful. Something has to be done. They have way more power than they should.”
Indeed, even though Facebook’s rules can be changed and tweaked around the margins, the true problem is ultimately the company’s control of our speech. As long as it’s responsible for policing what we can and can’t share, there are going to be problems like this.
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