Facebook mastectomy photos are now (mostly) allowed again after a successful women’s petition caused the social networking giant to re-think the wording of its anti-nudity policy.
Facebook has been taking a lot of heat lately for taking down post-mastectomy photos, citing decency violations. Women’s groups criticized Facebook, and a Change.org petition was started to get the social network to revise its policy.
On Tuesday, Facebook reiterated their stance, but conceded to revising the language of their anti-nudity policy to allow for post-mastectomy photos, so long as a few context rules are observed.
It’s basically a compromise on Facebook’s part: They’ll allow breast photos in the context of illustrating breast cancer, but a shot of a healthy breast with the nipple exposed won’t be allowed (presumably even if it’s next to post-mastectomy breast tissue).
If you’re in the grey areas of violation (i.e. – a blurred nipple), Facebook will contact you directly to discuss the photo instead of just arbitrarily taking it down.
“The policy that’s up there now is much better because it tells you that these images are supported within the context of breast cancer,” says Susan Barrington, a stage 4 breast cancer sufferer and creator of the Change.org petition. “Breast cancer is brutal, it’s life-changing.”
Do you think that Facebook’s mastectomy photo revision is satisfactorily respectful to breast cancer survivors, or should they allow women even more freedom of expression when it comes to their bodies?