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Do naked bodies belong on Facebook? Tech giant struggles with changing ‘vague and unevenly enforced’ rules over nudity and body art without suppressing freedom of speech

  • Users have said Facebook’s nudity policy are too vague and unevenly enforced 
  •  Activists and artists believe they are being treated unfairly with the policies
  • AI finds images with nudity, but the firm doesn’t know what is nudity or body art 

On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. 

But some of its users – including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators – say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced. 

They say their work is being unfairly censored, condemning them to ‘Facebook jail’ with no warning and little, if any recourse. 

On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. But some of its users - including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators - say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced
On top of wrestling with how to address hate speech, extremism, abuse and misinformation, Facebook is now struggling with polices on nudity. But some of its users – including activists, sex therapists, abuse survivors, artists and sex educators – say policies at Facebook and its Instagram service are still too vague and unevenly enforced

The social media giant is tweaking its original heavy-handed policies to account for modern nuances around gender identity, political speech and self-expression, employing thousands of people and quickly evolving artificial intelligence for the task.   

Facebook’s monitoring systems do a better job with nudity than with hate speech, extremism and misinformation. 

After all, a butt is a butt and a nipple is a nipple. 

But deciding when a nipple is art, porn or protest gets murky even when humans are doing the deciding. 

Teaching AI software about human sexual desire is a whole other ballgame.

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Source: Daily Mail

Original publication 15 January, 2020

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