SOCIAL MEDIA / JUL. 17, 2014
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How Can Mommy Bloggers Navigate the Nudity Rule on Facebook?

The nudity rules on Facebook have been criticised for years for being overzealous and not taking into consideration natural acts and artistic values. It was only recently the rule on showing mothers breastfeeding was repealed. Now mothers can show themselves breastfeeding, if they so wish.

However, other rules on nudity remain. In one case, one mom posted a picture of her daughters recreating the Coppertone ad from the 1950s. Facebook pulled the ad because of what they claimed was a breach of their nudity policy. Naturally, mothers rallied around the photographer in question and criticised Facebook.

It’s often difficult to understand Facebook’s rules because they’re so at odds with what’s generally acceptable in wider society.

In this article, we will investigate how mothers who want to blog and take photographs can avoid the nudity rules on Facebook.

The Hypocrisy of the Rules 

First of all, we have to understand the mind-set of the nudity rules on Facebook. To start with, let’s compare the nudity and pornography rules with those on extreme violence. As it stands, pornographic images and videos are completely banned from Facebook in any capacity.

The same rules don’t apply to extreme violence, even if it involves dismemberment of limbs. All Facebook stipulates on this front is that you have to have a warning before the content.

As we can see, this is blatant hypocrisy.

The Reporting System

Mommy bloggers need to understand Facebook doesn’t have a series of moderators who trawl the millions of accounts for potentially pornographic content. They wait until someone reports it. This is why it’s easy to find pornographic images that have existed for months, and even years.

Facebook acts when someone reports the content. Mommy bloggers can get around this by creating secret groups where these images can be shared. Obviously, if the group is per invite only you aren’t going to have members of the public reporting your images.

That’s one way of avoiding the reporting system.

What about Public Images?

Unfortunately, mommy bloggers have little chance of sharing potentially pornographic images publicly without risking them being removed. The best way to make sure images like this don’t simply disappear is to host them on your blog, as opposed to just Facebook. This means users can always access them.

Another option is to repost them when they’re taken down. Facebook generally doesn’t ban accounts for these transgressions. In most cases, Facebook will only act against reports when numerous reports are made.

Don’t Post at All

If you feel like the image you want to post is artistic but will get reported instantly, it might be best if you don’t post it all. The problem is Facebook doesn’t recognise artistic integrity, and anything slightly controversial may see a ban imposed on the content.

Some bloggers have taken to implementing teasers about potentially nude content, before directing users to their sites. These bloggers have seen big increases in traffic by using clever hooks in this manner.

In some cases, the Facebook ban on nudity can be a bit of a blessing in disguise!

What about Permanent Change?

Obviously, none of the solutions listed above are ideal. In the meantime, users need to work on bringing about permanent change. In the case of the breastfeeding rule, this happened due to immense public pressure. Users attacked Facebook through a number of social media networks to get the rules changed.

Mommy bloggers should work on garnering support for bringing about permanent change. Until Facebook decides to change its tune, users will have to continue to accept that they may have their content taken down due to reports from an overly sensitive public.


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