Typically known for imposing a fair degree of censorship over NSFW content, Facebook announced today a more lenient stance on the topic. The #freethenipple is likely to finally get what it's been after.
In a statement on behalf of the social network, Joel Kaplan, VP Global Public Policy, and Justin Osofsky, VP Global Operations & Media Partnerships, noted that a pronounced change to Facebook’s Community Standards is imminent. Content usually considered too salacious or inappropriate will be subjected to less censorship if determined newsworthy or relevant to the public interest, the two executives said.
“In the weeks ahead, we’re going to begin allowing more items that people find newsworthy, significant, or important to the public interest — even if they might otherwise violate our standards.”
This will be achieved through “new tools and approaches to enforcement,” that ultimately will “allow more images and stories without posing safety risks or showing graphic images to minors and others who do not want to see them.”