APRIL 8, 2020
So, this morning, Facebook popped up an old memory (as it often does) of a few of the art nude paintings I had shared previously (back in 2014) and invited me to share them again. There is nothing new here; we all get those. And since, ironically, today I am celebrating my 15th year on ModelMayhem.com (member #531), I thought I’d take Facebook up on their offer and share my post from six years earlier again today with my FB friends.
A Long Story Short
Well, to make a long story short and within a few minutes of posting (or sharing, as per their invite), I got a notice from Facebook saying that I had violated their rules, explicitly stating that
“Your post goes against Community Standards on nudity or sexual activity.” and “No one else can see your post. Our standards apply globally and are based on our community.“
For clarity purposes, ECLIPSE, the image in question, is a painting. Facebook’s rules actually “allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.” (read below)
Regarding art nudes, I can only speak for myself. As an artist, I believe the human body is beautiful.
Anyway, my thoughts and feeling aside, I’m sharing what Facebook sent me; I CENSORED my artwork for your protection (see above). The uncensored version can be viewed here: https://adcook.com/work/eclipse/
I’ve also attached a pic of Facebook’s rules on nudity or sexual activity, which they sent me as a reminder of my indiscretion. Their full definition reads…
14. Adult Nudity and Sexual Activity Policy Rationale
We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Additionally, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content. Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless it is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes.
Our nudity policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content. For example, while we restrict some images of female breasts that include the nipple, we allow other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breast-feeding, and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.
NOTE: This article was has been updated from the original Facebook post to include additional content and related links.
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A.D. is an artist who started drawing at a young age. Throughout his life, he has worked with different creative tools in traditional and digital art and design. His art and writings have been showcased in various publications such as Airbrush Action Magazine, Airbrush Magazine, American Art Collector, Art & Beyond, Dream To Launch, Easyriders, Las Vegas City Life, Las Vegas Weekly, L’Vegue, ModelsMania, Quick Throttle, and The Ultimate Airbrush Handbook.