Saturday, February 19, 2011

Art School Runs Afoul of Facebook's Nudity Police - NYTimes.com

Facebook policies, written and unwritten

The New York Academy of Art, a graduate university that has been teaching figurative art since 1982, is not the kind of institution you would expect to get into trouble for mischief on Facebook. Yet the school recently received a stern warning from the site: “You uploaded a photo that violates our Terms of Use, and this photo has been removed.” The message went on to explain the kinds of things that Facebook does not allow: photos that attack a person or group, that depict drug use or contain violence or nudity.

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So what happened? Facebook now says it made a mistake. While the company bans nude photographs, its representatives say the company has an unwritten policy that allows drawings or sculptures of nudes. It explained that it only reviews images that are flagged by users, and that its staff reviews many thousands of images a day.

Art School Runs Afoul of Facebook's Nudity Police - NYTimes.com

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