Facebook and Instagram announce the implementation of flexibilities allowing trans and non-binary people to appear topless in their posts. This privilege will not extend to cisgender women, specifies Meta, the parent company of these two platforms.
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The matter has been reviewed by the Meta Oversight Board, an independent panel of experts that Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg says acts as the “supreme court” for content moderation.
“Female nipples displayed on a cisgender woman will be censored, the council explains. The same image is tolerated if it shows a non-binary person.”
According to the New York Post, this decision comes in response to a controversy that arose from reporting a photo of a trans couple who appeared topless. The original post was removed after user complaints.
The two lovebirds had filed a complaint and won their appeal to Meta. The picture has since been re-uploaded.
Meta claimed that “from now on, these cases will be analyzed by humans to determine the sex and sex of the individuals.”
“There will be certain exceptions, such as protests, childbirth or breastfeeding,” the company said.
The changes were enacted after Meta was accused of discriminating against people based on their gender identity.