Incident 284: Facebook’s Automated Removal of Content Featuring Nudity-Containing Artworks Denounced as Censorship

Description: Facebook’s removal of posts featuring renowned artworks by many historical artists and their promotional content due to nudity via both automated and human-moderated means were condemned by critics, such as museums and tourism boards, as cultural censorship and prevention of artwork promotion.


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Alleged: Facebook developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed museums on Facebook , Facebook users interested in arts and Facebook users.

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Khoa Lam


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