Free the nip just got a little too free ... for some people.
After numerous complaints from LGBTQ users who want to share their bare breasts on social media, Meta’s Oversight Board ordered Facebook and Instagram to lift the ban on topless women. That is — for topless women who identify as trans or non-binary.
The case that facilitated the Board’s decision revolved around two posts from a US-based couple who identify as transgender and non-binary. The posts featured the couple “bare-chested with the nipples covered.”
A series of “alerts by Meta’s automated systems and reports from users” caused the posts to be removed initially but after appeals to Meta and the Board, the posts have been reinstated.
The board suggested that its “confusing” when dealing with female nipples online and it’s intersection with the Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity Community Standard. Since we’ve got female boobs parading as neither male nor female now, this supposedly left the board confused, especially given the fact that there are exceptions to the rules already.
This policy 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.
So, Meta is now making it so that biological women who pretend to be men or who claim to be neither gender, are allowed to post whatever topless pictures they want (why they’d want to, I don’t know) but normal women can't. So a mere statement of gender makes it so that we see nudity online or don’t. “The same image of female-presenting nipples would be prohibited if posted by a cisgender woman but permitted if posted by an individual self-identifying as non-binary,” the board said.
As the New York Post mentioned, “Meta will rely on ‘human reviewers’ who will be tasked with ‘quickly assess[ing] both a user’s sex, as this policy applies to ‘female nipples,’ and their gender identity.’”
Now, as a woman, I’ve never had the desire to post my bare boobs on my Instagram account. I’ve also never had the desire to see a woman’s bare breasts on the internet but now, with the updated policy I might be getting two melons in view during my next social media scroll.
This is all just another attempt for big tech to pander the leftist narrative and push LGBTQ propaganda down all of our throats.