Facebook has new rules for nudity, lots more

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We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures: Facebook

Using Facebook? Be prepared for changes to what you post and see on your timeline. Facebook has released a 2,500 word Community Standards document on the social networking website which spells out a few new rules.

The BBC reported that Facebook has released a 2,500 word Community Standards, which is longer than the earlier released one, focuses on safety, respectful behavior privacy, security and intellectual property.

The ‘Encouraging respectful behavior’ section on Facebook’s Community Standards page explains it all. The subsection ‘Nudity’ explains ‘We restrict the display of nudity because some audiences within our global community may be sensitive to this type of content – particularly because of their cultural background or age’. So in short, nude images from posts will be taken down without notice. If the images are for educational or satirical purposes, you may get lucky, but not always.

“We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.”

“We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures. Restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. Explicit images of sexual intercourse are prohibited. Descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail may also be removed,” say the nudity guidelines.

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