Activism

Facebook's Nudity Policy Challenged with Nipple Protest

Correction: #WeTheNipple was organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship with Spencer Tunick. Grab Them by the Ballot participated in the campaign but was not an organizer as originally reported.

Protesters stripped and held large disembodied nipple cutouts outside Facebook’s HQ to call out the company’s nudity policies, which some say are sexist and discriminatory.

More than 100 people stripped in front of Facebook and Instagram offices in New York to protest the policies on artistic nudity that they see as censorship.

The National Coalition Against Censorship joined artist Spencer Tunick to create the #WeTheNipple demonstration.

Facebook’s policy on adult nudity makes certain allowances but does restrict “some images of female breasts that include the nipple.” A day after the demonstration, the hashtag #WeTheNipple was removed on Instagram.

“…If Facebook and Instagram want to be platforms for artists, they need to modify their current overboard ban on photographic nudity, which harms artists who work with the human body, especially those exploring issues of gender and identity.” NCAC’s Director of Programs Svetlana Mintcheva stated.

NCAC asked Facebook to assemble a group of arts stakeholders to develop new guidelines for artistic content. More than 250 people and organizations have shown support for the campaign including artists, arts, orgs, and major museums.

Facebook says it has spoken with NCAC organizers and is “interested in continuing the conversation.”