Facebook buckles under pressure to allow mastectomy pics, but nudity strict 'no-no'

Washington, June 13 (ANI): Social media giant Facebook has agreed to allow photos related to mastectomy scars after a petition by a woman was made on Change.org that garnered 20,000 signatures in support.

Facebook, which was recently under fire for allowing derogatory content on pages, said that it has long allowed photos to be shared on the site related to mastectomy, scientific and educational photos of human body including photos of women breastfeeding, reports ABC News.

According to the report, Facebook said that only those images are removed which are reported to be 'offensive' by other users and as the team has to deal with a lot of data at a given time, some photographs of importance may have got accidentally removed.

The new policy was framed after talks with Scorchy Barrington, a woman struggling with stage IV breast cancer, and photographer David Jay, founder of the SCAR Project about the relevance of spreading the awareness about such diseases through images.

Barrington who used the pseudonym for the petition said that this move will allow visual testament to the real impact of beast cancer and the resilience of the breast cancer survivors through Facebook.

However, Facebook maintains that images of 'fully exposed breasts', which are unaffected post surgery, will still not be allowed on the site.

The social media giant maintained that it does not generally allow nudity with some exceptions consistent with other platforms that have many young users, the report added. (ANI)


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