Tommy Lee’s nude photo on Instagram fuels debate over platform’s censorship double standard

Tommy Lee’s nude photo on Instagram fuels debate over platform’s censorship double standard

Published August 12, 2022
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The photo, showing a naked Lee sitting on the edge of a bathtub, has since been removed from both social media platforms. It’s unclear, however, whether he or the social media sites took the photo down. 

Lee’s nude photo was online for nearly four hours, according to Newsweek, and consequently sparked outrage from people calling out a double standard with Meta-owned social media platforms’ community guidelines. 

“We know that there are times when people might want to share nude images that are artistic or creative in nature, but for a variety of reasons, we don’t allow nudity on Instagram,” community guidelines state.

Instagram now allows photos of female nipples in the context of “breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations” as well as nudity for the purpose of protesting and nudity in paintings and sculptures.