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Protesters met in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters on Sunday to be part of an art installation that aimed to bring awareness to Facebook’s censorship policies.
Facebook and Instagram have censored many art nudity pieces, according to organizers and participants in the event.
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Instagram banned the movement’s hashtag Monday morning, removing approximately 500 photos related to the event, organizers said.
One hundred twenty-five volunteers gathered in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters on Sunday morning and got naked as part of an art installation against Facebook and Instagram’s “censorship of artistic nudity.”
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Around 5:30 in the morning on Sunday, the protesters met in front of Facebook and laid down naked with big cut-outs of male nipples covering their genitalia.
The protest was called “#wethenipple” and was organized by the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC) and artist Spencer Tunick, who was responsible for photographing the protest as part of an art installation.
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Male nipples were used because Facebook’s algorithms allow them, Nora Pelizzari, the director of communications for NCAC, told TheDCNF. Women nipples, on the other hand, are not allowed, she said.
Pelizzari said that the goal of the “art action” was manyfold. First, it was meant as an art project for Tunick, who creates controversial art such as Sunday’s nude protest event. It was also meant as a “protest to draw attention to the policies on Facebook that are dramatically” affecting artists, Pelizzari told TheDCNF.
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“They allow nudity in paintings and sculptures but they do not allow artistic nudity in photographs,” Pelizzari said. “It’s concerning that they are so very strict…about the art that is allowed to be posted on the platform.”
Pelizzari told TheDCNF that as of Monday morning, Instagram, owned by Facebook, had removed the “#wethenipple” along with about 500 photos of the event and by other artists in support of the campaign.
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