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Facebook Agrees to Re-think on Policies Around Artistic Nudity

Along with NCAC and world-renowned American artist Spencer Tunick, members of women’s rights group ‘Grab Them By The Ballot’ also took part in the demonstration

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

Facebook has agreed to re-think its stance of artistic nudity after an outcry of people protesting naked in front of the social networking giant’s New York headquarters against the company’s policies against the same.

Facebook has confirmed that it would meet the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and other stakeholders to discuss the subject, web portal PetaPixel reported.

NCAC launched the #WeTheNipple campaign in April to call for change in the policies of Facebook and Instagram to allow photographic artistic nudity.

According to a Facebook spokesperson, it is important for the company to hear directly from different communities who use apps from the company, like its photo-messaging app Instagram.

Following Facebook’s decision, the NCAC also released an official statement, announcing that it would collaborate with Facebook to ensure that the company’s policy is “well-informed by external experts and perspectives”.

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FILE – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at a Facebook developer conference in San Jose, California, May 1, 2018. VOA

The organisation said it was “excited to announce that Facebook’s policy team has committed to convening a group of stakeholders including artists, art educators, museum curators, activists, as well as Facebook employees, to examine how to better serve artists, including considering a new approach to nudity guidelines”.

About its current policies, the social networking giant said it restricts the display of nudity or sexual activity being considerate of some people who may be sensitive to this type of content.

However, on June 3, about 100 people stripped naked in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters with pictures of nipples in their hands as part of the #WeTheNipple protest.

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Along with NCAC and world-renowned American artist Spencer Tunick, members of women’s rights group ‘Grab Them By The Ballot’ also took part in the demonstration.

“Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content,” Facebook’s community standards said. (IANS)

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Facebook Apologizes Employees after Several Racist Incidents

The employees wrote that "things have gotten worse since former staffer Mark Luckie published a note in November last year, claiming Facebook had "a black people problem."

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

Facebook has apologized after current and former employees went on to social media and detailed several racist incidents against black, Hispanic and female Asian employees at the social networking company.

Facebook tendered it’s apology after an after an anonymous post from 12 employees under the group name “FB Blind” on online publishing platform The Medium went viral, USA Today reported on Friday.

“We may be smiling. We may post on Instagram with industry influencers and celebrities. We may use the IG ‘Share Black Stories’ filter and be featured on marketing pieces. We may embrace each other and share how happy we are to have the opportunity to work with a company that impacts nearly three billion people.

“On the inside, we are sad. Angry. Oppressed. Depressed. And treated every day through the micro and macro aggressions as if we do not belong here,” wrote the Facebook employees.

The problem, they said is not just with black employees of different genders.

“The incidents are also reflective of behaviours against Latin and female Asian employees. The experiences invoke how we, the twelve Facebook employees present and past who are sharing our stories here anonymously, have been made to feel as employees by Facebook managers, HR business partners, and their immediate white colleagues,” the post further read.

Hundreds of African-American Facebook employees embarked to Menlo Park, California this week to be part of its annual “Black” event.

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple’s App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

“Many of us will go to the AfroTech event in Oakland to share stories, network, and meet up with other engineers, designers, and leaders in the industry,” the employees wrote.

A company spokesperson told CNBC in a statement that no one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behaviour.

“We are sorry. It goes against everything that we stand for as a company. We’re listening and working hard to do better,a said Bertie Thomson, Facebook’s Vice President of Corporate Communications.

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The employees wrote that “things have gotten worse since former staffer Mark Luckie published a note in November last year, claiming Facebook had “a black people problem.”

“Racism, discrimination, bias, and aggression do not come from the big moments. It’s in the small actions that mount up over time and build into a culture where we are only meant to be seen as quotas, but never heard, never acknowledged, never recognized, and never accepted.

“We are remaining anonymous because Facebook creates a hostile culture where anyone that is non-white is made to feel fear for their job and their safety to report any bad behaviours,” they added. (IANS)