People have been talking about Meta’s policies aligning with the “Free the Nipple” movement after the oversight body that considers Mark Zuckerberg the company’s “supreme court” over content moderation and censorship policies overturned its decision on two posts shared on Instagram by a couple who identify as transgender and non-binary, reports the New York Post.
With Instagram and Facebook coming under fire from people who found their policies on the display of female breasts too rigid, the board is considering lifting the ban, but it won’t apply to everyone.
Instagram can “liberate” the nipples for transgender and non-binary people.
The oversight board has found that Meta’s policies on sensitive topics, which are also identified by the automated moderation system, may act as “greater barriers to the expression of women, trans and gender-non-gender individuals on its platforms.”
So they proposed a policy that would allow transgender and non-binary people to display their bare chests, but the same is not allowed for cisgender women.
A non-binary person is one who does not identify as male or female. A cisgender, on the other hand, is someone who identifies with the gender they were given at birth.
Meta’s oversight board says, “The same image of female nipples would be prohibited if posted by a cisgender woman but allowed if posted by a person who self-identifies as non-binary.”
Decision in 2023 follows two incidents
The board had to review its policies while considering two cases – one from 2021 and one from 2022.
An account of a US-based couple who identify as transgender and non-binary reportedly posted two different pieces of content on the same Instagram account showing their shirtless pictures with only the nipples covered.
The captions apparently spoke about transgender health before one of them had surgery for a “flatter chest”.
After automatic moderation and multiple community guidelines checks, both posts were removed, only to be later restored after users appealed to the board.
Meta Board comments on the decision
Meta, which claims to keep its policies under review, has welcomed the board’s recent decision.
The Oversight Board is an independent panel of experts that Meta CEO Zuckerberg has described as “the company’s “supreme court” over content moderation and censorship policies.” per The New York Post.
A company spokesman told the outlet, “We welcome the board’s decision in this case.” He added that the company plans to respond within 60 days to the board’s broader recommendations, which it says are non-binding. “
“We had restored this content prior to the decision and realized it should not have been removed,” they added, referring to the above incident.
“We know more can be done to support the LGBTQ+ community and that means working with experts and LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations on a range of issues and product improvements.”
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