Two days ago, Scientific American ran an article on their site about recent research on the impact of penis size on female evaluations of male attractiveness. Some time later, they posted a link to the piece as a status update on the social network Facebook.
Then update disappeared.
This afternoon, Scientific American issued a statement on their Facebook account about the incident:
Facebook reached out to us to say that a committee of reviewers made the decision to delete our post about a research paper on penis sizes, not an algorithm. The issue was the graphic that accompanied the story, which showed computer-generated images of nude men. FB only makes narrow exceptions for nudity–you can post a photo of Michelangelo’s David, for instance.
“Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved,” read the social network’s Community Standards. “We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect peopleÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.”
Apparently, though Facebook sometimes allows renditions of the nude male figure in works of art, they consider it a breach of their standards to share images of the nude male body in relation to research and education.
This is a problem.