The Herald By Gayle Posted Fri., Feb.24, 2017
A Plymouth University student has been left “outraged” after Facebook removed photos of her naked anti-Trump protest.
Fine Art student Emma Dyason said she received a message from Facebook stating pictures she posted as part of a project aimed at empowering women breached its female nudity policy.
But the second year student is adamant that all necessary body parts were adequately covered in the pictures in accordance with Facebook’s conditions.
She has now hit out at the social media giant claiming its approach was sexist.
“Last week I produced and executed a photo shoot, taking a feminist/protest approach by writing sexist quotes made by Trump onto scrap pieces of cardboard, and having women pose ‘nude’ in the aim to empower women,” she said.
“I posted three of the images on Facebook, which resulted in many people sharing the post, much to my delight.
“A day after posting the images, I received a message from Facebook informing me that they had removed the post due to ‘female nudity,’ and also threatened to close my account.
“Due to the fact not one of these images showed any kind of nudity, as all important areas were covered, either by nipple tape, or the sign, I was outraged.”
The student said when she checked the terms and conditions of Facebook’s nudity policy, she remained certain that she had not breached the terms.
Facebook’s nudity policy states: “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.”
Emma added: “They also state that they do not condone sexist behaviour, which in my opinion, is exactly the kind of behaviour they have shown towards this project.”
The Herald has invited Facebook to comment.