Tommy Lee’s nude photo sparks backlash over double-standard social media censorship

Tommy Lee’s nude photo sparks backlash over double-standard social media censorship

Published August 12, 2022
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Tommy Lee, pictured in Los Angeles in 2019, posted a nude selfie on his social media accounts in the middle of the night on Thursday that remained online for hours before being removed. Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP hide caption

The graphic photo, which remained on the Meta-owned platforms for hours before being taken down, launched an outcry against social media companies for applying what critics say is a double standard in platform guidelines that favor cisgender men.

Instagram’s anti-nudity guidelines include “photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks” and “some photos of female nipples” — a topic central to the years-long “free the nipple” movement.

The guidelines say “photos in the context of breastfeeding, birth giving and after-birth moments, health-related situations (for example, post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest are allowed.”