If artwork exists in some protected category, as Michelangelo’s “David” seems to, why then is a painting showing a female nude deemed “unacceptable”?
Facebook’s Censoring of Women’s Bodies is Nipocrisy
As long as Facebook and Instagram maintain a policy that female nipples are offensive and male nipples are not, they get to decide whose bodies count as valid for public viewing and whose bodies don’t.
People Are Using an Ancient Method of Writing Arabic to Combat AI Censors
After Palestinian content was restricted or removed from Instagram and Facebook, social media users developed a crafty method of altering Arabic script.
Facebook Censors Montreal Museum of Fine Art’s Ad Featuring Nude Picasso Painting
Picasso’s subjects are often nude, but it’s not like they’re trying to meddle in the U.S. presidential elections. Why censor them, Facebook?
I’m a Queer Feminist Artist. Why Are My Paintings Censored on Social Media?
When a post about my work is removed, suddenly and without permission, it feels like a violation — if not legally, then emotionally, and certainly materially in terms of costs to my career.
Facebook Censored a Stone Age Nude Sculpture, Venus of Willendorf [UPDATED]
An Italian woman’s post featuring the 30,000-year-old artifact was removed late last year; last month, the museum that houses it called out the social network.
Facebook on Trial in France for Allegedly Censoring Courbet’s “Origin of the World” [UPDATED]
Frédéric Durand-Baïssas finally had his day in court with Facebook more than six years after his account was deleted.
Leaked Document Lays Out Facebook’s Policy on Sex and Nudity in Art
The Guardian has seen more than 100 internal documents from the social media giant, including one clarifying guidelines on sex and nudity in art.
Four Years Later, Man Still Fighting Facebook for Censoring Courbet’s “Origin of the World”
It’s been more than four years since French teacher Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, after posting a link to a documentary about Gustave Courbet’s “L’Origine du Monde” (1866) on Facebook, returned to the social network to find the post removed and his profile suspended.
The Facebook Bug that Many Feared Was Censorship
The episode is a scary reminder of just how much we rely on Facebook and just how little control we have over it.
Facebook Is for Moms
CHICAGO — There is a set of culturally acceptable ways for mothers to be and behave in the world. Mothers aren’t allowed to have their own lives or be sexual; in essence, they’re not allowed to be human beings. When an artist who’s also a mother crosses these lines, people often react in ways that are predictable yet simultaneously a grim reflection on where we still stand culturally in regards to women and feminism.
Are Tech Companies the New Thought Police?
VALENCE, France — There is a new thread in the ongoing stream of censorship by social networks and mobile applications. Vine, the iPhone and iPod Touch “Instagram for video” app, underwent controversy mere days after it’s release on the App Store. Twitter-owned Vine was released last week to a notable buzz, even being featured by Apple as an App Store “Editor’s Pick” from the first day of its launch.