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French Museum Blocked from Facebook over Nude Photo. {NSFW}

By Anthony Thurston on March 9th 2013

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The French Museum Jeu de Paume was blocked from Facebook recently for displaying a partially nude photograph of an early 20th century woman. In the photo the woman was laying down on what seemed to be some sort of cloth with her pelvic region covered but bearing her breasts. Facebook blocked the museum’s Facebook page for 24 hour and issued a warning that any further violations would result in the museum being blocked for good.

I don’t know about you, but I have seen some photos on Facebook before that are way more offensive that this artistic image. Which begs the question, what exactly are Facebook’s standards with regards to nudity.  A quick look at Facebook’s policies reveals that basically boobs are ok, as long as the nipples are covered or painted over.

Facebook says this is ok, but that is not ok...

Can you really tell me that the image on the right is anymore offensive that the one on the left? If you can you have much higher standards than me. To be honest, neither of these images offends me – BUT – I can tell you which one I would not want my child to see and that is the one of the left.

So this begs the question, should Facebook change its policy on Nudity? Should there be allowances made for artistic nudes? Personally think they should implement some sort of age filtering on content, so that you can mark your image as 18+ or make your page 18+, this was people could still use the social network to share their art without facebook having to hear complaints because some 12 year old kid was looking at artistic nudes on his families computer.

What do you all think? Is facebook’s standard too high? Too low? Let us know is the comments below.

[via Gizmodo]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

11 Comments

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  1. Andrew Thomas Regan

    How is it that women can now breastfeed almost anywhere and yet it will get you bounced from Facebook if they see a nipple? C’mon.

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  2. GeOgre

    God forbid that children should see a naked human breast. They could be traumatized for life. The horror, the horror!

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  3. Carrie

    I’m apparently not a real person right now so FB has blocked my account and taken down my page. I am so sick of this BS I think I might just delete my account assuming they give me access again

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  4. Melody Images

    I am a fine art photographer and see nothing wrong with the image on the right.  What distinguishes a nude art photo from porn is intent. The image on the left is focusing on form and the body of the woman is the subject of that form.  The image on the left is porn (yes even soft pron) because it is intended to excite.  This is evident in the suggestive eye contact and the way the girl is biting her finger.  The museum can set its page to restrict age groups (see attached).  I know this because of setting my own page up.  However, there are adults out there that will not see the nudes as art and still report it.  I know many fine art photographers who work primarily in nudes who have an issues with being reported frequently.  Some of the images I have seen have nipples in shadow and do not require a ‘censored’ bar, but still have been reported. 

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  5. Alex

    Meh, I was blocked TWICE for showing a woman’s naked back. That is: the backside of the upper torso.:-/
    And there is no way to protest te decision or to find out why it happend and who made the decision.
    Wonderful stuff…

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  6. Joseph Graf

    I don’t mind nudity one bit… I am a photographer after all, but my nine year old son often walks in on me when I am on my news feed and I would rather he not see a feed full of naked bodies.

    A filtering option in the user preferences would be ideal.  That way, one could just mark content as NSFW. 500px does this and it works very well.

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  7. John

    The idea that this involves higher or lower standards is, to me, offensive. More prudish or less prudish, yes. Higher or lower, no. 

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  8. Zeke Man

    I can understand FB worrying about porn, but Americans seem to be incredibly sensitive to nudity. I think both images are just fine.

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    • Adrian S

      They don’t worry about porn, they worry about parents suing them. They could solve this extremely easy with an age filter.

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  9. Moi

    Can’t show any nipples, everybody knows as soon as a nipple is visible then it’s inappropriate  it’s not like men have nipples too… oh wait.

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  10. Catherine Lacey Dodd

    It’s subjective so difficult. What defines an “artistic nude”. I love nudity in fine art photography and likewise am less than keen on the image on the left. What defines the differences? That the subject is looking at the camera than away? That’s it from an artist or an amateur. 

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