On Wednesday, Facebook's Oversight Board announced a new policy that would permit transgender and non-binary individuals to post images of their bare breasts on Facebook and Instagram, however, it would still prohibit such posts from cisgender women.
"The Oversight Board finds that removing these posts is not in line with Meta’s Community Standards, values or human rights responsibilities," the board wrote about posts from a couple that identifies as transgender and non-binary. "These cases also highlight fundamental issues with Meta’s policies."
The post continued, "Meta’s internal guidance to moderators on when to remove content under the Sexual Solicitation policy is far broader than the stated rationale for the policy, or the publicly available guidance. This creates confusion for users and moderators and, as Meta has recognized, leads to content being wrongly removed."
The Oversight Board criticized the current policy of the social media platform stating that it "is based on a binary view of gender and a distinction between male and female bodies."
"Such an approach makes it unclear how the rules apply to intersex, non-binary and transgender people, and requires reviewers to make rapid and subjective assessments of sex and gender, which is not practical when moderating content at scale," they stated.
The statement made by Facebook's Oversight Board was met with criticism from conservatives on social media.
Kingsley Cortes, a conservative influencer and former member of the Trump 2020 campaign, tweeted "GET ME OFF THIS PLANET".
GET ME OFF THIS PLANET pic.twitter.com/pRlisspTEL
— Kingsley Cortes (@KingsleyCortes) January 18, 2023
Andrew Wilkow, a SiriusXM Patriot host, tweeted sarcastically "So noble..."
— Andrew Wilkow (@WilkowMajority) January 18, 2023
In 2013, Facebook removed clips from the documentary film "Free the Nipple," which focused on the campaign to make it acceptable for women to be topless in public.
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