08 Apr

Wednesday April 5, 2016, San Francisco, California: The VOLO Magazine team woke up to the horror of Instagram having deleted the @volomagazine page without any warning.

First thing that surprised us was that this happened JUST THE DAY AFTER we had posted a huge 3 post banner on our stream announcing that we will be EVEN more strict on our posts to make sure that we are always compliant with Instagram’s ‘community guidelines’ .

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We posted this on our page on April 4th 2016

We are not in the business of PORN and there is absolutely no need for us to violate the guidelines we completely agree with.

In fact every image ever posted on the @volomagazine stream was edited as per our understanding of the guidelines and barred to make sure that nothing that can be considered inappropriate for viewing by younger audiences is every portrayed on our stream.

VOLO is the worlds #1 magazine for showcasing artistic nude images and we try to live up to that title in everything we do. Work from the Masters of Nude Art from all around the world is curated and showcased on the magazine regularly. The pages of VOLO Magazine have become the sourcing ground of artists for many other similar websites and publications.

Hundreds of Thousands of people visit @volomagazine Instagram page everyday to view, appreciate, share and converse about the most beautiful collection of nude art (albeit censored to meet Instagram standards)

Why is it that Instagram (Facebook) has the right to deprive all these people from enriching their lives from the consumption of ‘incredible beauty’?

WE MUST TAKE A STAND…
Not only for VOLO, but for the Art of Tasteful Nude Photography…

Because this is not the first time that something like this has happened when Instagram has VICTIMIZED INCREDIBLE ART while they let the purveyors of CRUDE SEXUALITY ROAM FREE on their platform.

Let’s look at some examples of posts from the @VOLOMAGAZINE Instagram page that was deleted by Facebook.

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And then lets contrast them with posts from some of the most popular and CRUDE pages that INSTAGRAM is happy to let loose on our children (and theirs…)

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And then there is the case of blatant ‘favoritism’ on the part of Instagram.

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How else can you explain the above images getting 1000’s of likes and millions of views and not getting taken down… While completely censored images get removed from @volomagazine and many of our INCREDIBLE ARTISTS streams and their pages getting deleted?

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE RULES HERE?

WHO gave Facebook the right to be the judge, jury and executioner of ART?

HOW does Facebook decide on what is following ‘community standards’?

WHY are they qualified…

To allow uncouth and vile images and videos of almost naked women shaking their body parts suggestively… While incredible art which is fit to be displayed on the walls of the greatest castles men have built is categorized as ‘pornographic’ and HENCE unfit for INSTAGRAM?

 WHO? HOW? WHY? We need answers!

It’s time to take stand for true beauty, and make sure that our sons don’t start thinking that the only way to admire a beautiful woman is to put a string on her and make her shake suggestively to music…

Its time to take a stand for taste…so that our daughters don’t start believing that the only way she can be attractive is to put on a string and shake her body to music while she is being videotaped and displayed all around the world…

 

IT IS… TIME TO TAKE A STAND!

Update:

On April 8th, 2016 Facebook restored the Instagram page for @volomagazine.

“Thank you Facebook Gods”

Though this was quick action on their part, it was not due to the fact that they have actually heard our overall concerns. We are NOT here just protesting the deletion of @volomagazine Instagram page. We are TAKING A STAND here to bring to fore the issue that has been hounding true artists who are trying to use Instagram to reach audiences.

Even when properly censored, their content is getting taken down and their pages deleted (just like ours). So we need to make Facebook understand that community policing, where anyone with a vendetta can report your images and result in them getting taken down… Along with eventual deletion of a persons or company’s page on Instagram/Facebook is NOT the solution to the problem

Facebook, we are ready to work with you to create a panel of artists who can help create a set of guidelines for CENSORED NUDE ART that should be considered safe and NOT BE TAKEN down even if wrongfully reported by miscreants and competitors.

Update April 13th:

On April 12th, 2016 Facebook blocked the Instagram page for @rubiamood

“HOW IS THIS JUSTIFIED?”

Rubia Stri is one of the most beautiful and classical art and fashion models on Instagram. We follow her with great respect and she had never posted anything uncensored or vulgar on Instagram to our knowledge. Many of her posts have been repeated on the @volomagazine Instagram and they have not even needed a censor bar as she always poses in implied positions which do not show of her nipples or any other private parts.

Please come out in support of her account to be restored and share this post with as many people as you can to have Facebook take notice of this injustice. All the vulgar accounts we listed above still manage to keep on going and get new fans while beautiful art keeps getting blocked on Instagram.

26 thoughts on “It is time to take a stand for censored Nude Art on Instagram”

  1. As someone who has been involved in the creation of tasteful nude art for a few years (on both sides of the camera) it is quite clear to me the bias that Facebook and Instagram has shown in this regard. Blatant vulgarity, cruelty, and bigotry is allowed to run rampant while those who spend time, effort, and thought into creating works of art and beauty (and who censor their work) are targeted. It is not a good reflection on the priorities of Facebook and Instagram and I am joining the effort to have these extremely hypocritical rules evaluated and changed. I stand with VOLO.

  2. So, yet again Facebook and instagram are using their arbitrary rules to applied in random fashion. Volo has ALWAYS done a great job of censoring their images in a way that should meet the rules, yet, this happens. Why? Why is this OK with people. We allow for hate speech but not for artistic images edited to comply with the standards? How is this OK? And with no notification? Facebook/Instagram…you need to do better, or you will become obsolete. Such BS.

  3. I, for one, am sick and tired of Mark Zuckerburg’s and Facebook’s arbitrary, asinine and contradictory censorship of fine art photography. The lack of due process, transparency, and an appeal process is an outrage. The use of anonymous reporting and flagging of photographic images encourages and fosters the worst elements of online cyber-bullying, cyber-stalking and trolling behaviour. Facebook’s corporate policy contravenes their own guidelines concerning both “art” AND “community standards”. Make no mistake, Zuckerburg and Facebook violate your freedom of expression every single day and do it for no other motivation than the basest corporate greed. Photography IS art, and to have photographic images be treated differently than drawings, paintings, or sculptures is a ludicrous and outdated anachronism. And in the province of British Columbia, Canada, the community where I practice my art form and artistic expression, the provincial Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that women can legally be topless ANYWHERE that men can be topless. And that includes the internet, Mr. Zuckerburg. Petitions are fine, but what there really needs to be is a lawsuit and a legal fund. I would happily contribute to both.

  4. Definitely the wrong priorities from Facebook and Instagram! Why it is okay to show our kids blood, terrorism, hate speech and violence? VIOLENCE BEGETS VIOLENCE!! All the Artists spend a lot of time to create those fantastic images AND they where edited to comply the standards – and Facebook/Instagram delete the pictures/the page – so it seems, that Facebook/Instagram is looking for a art-free future – Think about it?

  5. I strongly agree with all of VOLO MAGAZINES points layed out in this blog post. It is a total shame that smut filled accounts are allowed to continue posting but an account only showcasing absolutely beautiful images, meaning only to be art, is not allowed to operate. It seems as if these social media platforms are picking and choosing what is acceptable and what it not-with no logic. How do they figure that art is not acceptable? I would love to know on what points did they decide that the @VOLOMAGAZINE page was a menace to society? If anything we are putting good back into the world that is social media! Its a break from all the over played ass shots and cleavage! I would love to have them explain just how the images on the page were breaking the rules!– But we have yet to hear of any kind of explanation… seems pretty fishy to me!

  6. Facebook/Instagram seem to enforce a general blanket ban on nude images, even though we censor images it would seem if the original person is naked then it’s a the whim of some jobsworth Zuckerberg employee to hit the delete button. How is it that something that has been created by artists and models and portrays beauty in the human form can be removed and yet a camel toed thong and wet t-shirt selfie that objectifies women is allowed? I work hard to push my name and build an organic following but as someone who posts censored art nudes images why should I live in fear that all that hard work can be removed at anytime with no warning! To quote the Instagram guidelines “Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK”. What? Why would a censored photo be worse than uncensored photo of a painting?? Ironically the only image I’ve had removed a couple of times featured probably the most famous statue genitals out there, Michelangelo’s David. And yet by their guidelines it should of been okay. Instant removal of an account is not cool. Change needs to happen or we’re heading for a future where there’s no history of art other than salacious selfies.

  7. Yet another tasteful and censored Instagram feed, abiding by the current rules, is deleted without warning or explanation. VOLO Magazine does nothing but celebrate the female form in an artistic and sensitive manner which should be encouraged, not vilified. It is completely ridiculous that other Facebook and Instagram accounts that sexually exploit women, that encourage violence and hatred against minorities can go untouched.

    I for one am sick and tired of censoring my art work for use on social media and yet still live in fear that my accounts could be deleted, along with all of my followers who support me, without provocation or recourse.

    The solution is simple Mr Zuckerburg, implement a feature which gives people the option of viewing artistic nudity or not. Give all of us the power to view what we wish and stop dictating what is and isn’t tasteful nudity and acting as judge, jury and executioner.

  8. As someone who is on a 30 day ban from Facebook for the second time, I completely agree that they are inconsistent in their censorship and also that liberty demands an individuals ability to choose what to post on their own page. It is a simple matter to filter 18+ content for those who do not wish to see it. Clearly, FB has no desire to forward the cause of freedom of choice in the world. This is unfortunate as the only way a cohesive community of people can be built is through individual freedoms and personal responsibility to others.

  9. Nude Art is, from centuries, a pillar of visual art : painting, drawing, sculpting, photography. This because the human body harmony is one of the most beautiful thing we can find on this world.

    I don’t know if Facebook, as some extreme groups, want to send back people to the antiquity (and even further more in time, as nude, at this age, was already one of the main art subject!). Or if Facebook is the only one who has the exclusive right way of thinking, of judgement of what is good or not, who knows what have to be appreciated or not on our planet…

    Humans are fighting all around the world for democracy and liberty of thinking. Mr. Zuckerberg, oligarchies and dictatorships are no more appraciated in this world.

    Dear Facebook, don’t u think that there are more important things to fight against than to track accounts where we can see a too much percentage of skin? What about Facebook as the main platform of recruitment of young people for ISIS, what about Facebook as a platform to expose out of law actions on the road putting in danger the other drivers and give bad examples, and ideas, to your other customers, what about Facebook allowing promotion of violent video games which leads to school shootings, what about harassment of young people by their school “friends”, what about pictures and videos “proudly” showing young boys and girls completely drunk… And these are only few examples!

    Dear Facebook, what is the worst for the society? What kills more? Are you sure that your fight against a too big percentage of skin is the right one in order to be seen as the planet “Security and Moral Officer”?

    Don’t think that to let robots decide what is good or not for the people will let us think that Facebook is a “pure and white” company, the society is not blind! If you want to do something for the World, rank what is the worst and start to work top down, but, I agree, you will have to invest on human resources, not only on robots developments. They will track djellabas, guns, red noses and because they are only a piece of software, they will, like for art nude photographers, put in trouble more innocent victims than guilty people: today they are tracking porn and are killing art, in the future they will track terrorism and will target a religion, they will try to save the health of young people and they will ban people who have a cold…

    Regarding the reporting done by other users, it’s not better… On social networks It’s mainly leaded by 3 of the seven deadly sins : anger, envy and proudness. Facebook is thinking that is enough to act as a justiciary. Dear Facebook, for serious and illegal things there is Interpol (and I have no objection if you cooperate with therm or any official Police in the world)… Perhaps part of your business dream is also to replace it!

    I understand that we cannot impose to everybody tits and pubes, but please, Facebook, let the nude art in peace and be promoted as long as the intimate parts of the body are hidden (naturally or by a digital way).

    Thank you.

  10. We know Mr. Zuckerburg wants to keep Facebook and Instagram ‘family friendly’ but there should be an option to filter out all the minors. Art in any shape and form should never be censored. VOLO Magazine has some of the world best photographers displaying their beautiful work. It is one of the very few magazines if not the only one around today. As a fellow artist and with almost 2M followers on my own Facebook fan page, I’ve seen far too often with my work being reported and taken down. Let’s get it together and join the 21st century already.

  11. As a model who is tattooed my body is my canvas and my tattoos are my artwork. I believe there is a way to tastefully express yourself with your body. Art comes in all forms. I am most comfortable posing nude, after all we were all born that way. If we express ourselves artistically and we do comply with censoring photos I don’t understand why photos and accounts get deleted which haven’t violated any terms or conditions. I think its important that photos and profiles are reviewed better and not deleted due to judgemental people. If they don’t like what the page is posting they don’t have to follow it. There are millions of other profiles out there for them to look at and enjoy. Volo is one of my favorite IG pages because the photos capture my attention. I really do feel as if I am looking at art, which is what I am,. When I see VOLO pop up in my feed I instantly stop at the photo and take a good look at it. As a model their page inspires me to be a better model and I love the artistic approach they have taken with photography.

  12. even with the reinstatement of the IG account…it does not change the issues on which the initial deletion aimed a bright and garish spotlight.

    The puritanical and draconian policies pushed by Facebook/Instagram, other social media platforms, various and sundry sites, news agencies, television networks…they all still exist. They exist in diametric opposition to what we, as artists who work in this medium and see the female form as art in its most glorious, natural state, believe and hold true – that art, in all forms, should be displayed and shown proudly and without shame or impediment.

    Shame…that’s a word I’ve heard so much in relation to the human body. We are told so often, actively and passively, that we should be ashamed of our bodies…women and men who pose nude are shameless and only selling themselves for pleasure, that women baring their breasts (even in the service of THEIR INFANT CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND NOURISHMENT) are a shameful representation of their gender and should be more modest and fall in line with [insert religious establishment here] morals and rules.

    So much hypocrisy…and vehement dogmatism…and it isn’t simply corporate greed – “if we allow nudity/skin to be displayed we will lose advertisers/be banned in more extremist countries”. Well, guess what? America is one of those extremist countries. It’s a national agenda…one that intends to cow people into just saying it is okay to tell us what is right and wrong about our bodies and what we choose to use them for.

    I’m tired of it…and I’ve only been doing this, been a part of this “industry” for a very short time. Many of you have lived with this for years. I’ve seen it from the sidelines, as a viewer and lover of art, but now…as a (hopeful) creator…I’m fed up. And seeing what passes the censors’ muster compared to what is represented by VOLO – that one can stand but the other cannot is just a sign of how broken the system is.

    You’re right, Shankha Goswami…something has to happen to start to force a change. How? I’m open to suggestions. There’s a petition on Change.org regarding Facebook’s rules…but that’s just a part of the issue.

    We as artists are part of your community, Facebook and Instagram. But we are, at best, woefully underserved by you…at worst, outright targets for your puritanical and nonsensical standards. Let us have the chance to show the world what art truly is.

  13. Sadly, the FB and IG inconsistencies come from having so many different people involved with trying to enforce the vague guidelines each site requires.

  14. As a nude art photographer, I understand this problem very well, especially since my Facecebook fanpage has been delated permanently two years ago. No one even responded to my appeal. I absolutely agree with the fact that both Facebook and Instagram allow the publication of violence or erotic, vulgar (but “dressed” woman) posts and the nude art photography, despite the censorship is blocked and removed. Facebook and Instagram are a great tool for the promotion of art and learnning people loking for nudity properly, but more and more photographers resign from them because of this. Sorry for a lot of mistakes in english

  15. I’m Andrew Lucas, photographer in the nude from Ukraine. I want to express my outrage at this issue.
    I am the author of many photo exhibitions, lectures and seminars. My pictures was printed by magazines in America and Europe. I always thought doing the art, and that it has its value. I was also constantly on the block FB. My pictures I publish only in a closed group, or with the censor mark on my own page. But even these prudent measures do not help me. I wrote a letter to the administration many times with a request to treat me with respect, but all in vain.
    I would suggest to the administrations to apply the filter +18. I think that this could solve our problem. Otherwise, I just leave Facebook.
    With all respect, Andrew

    1. Andrew Lucas is one of the greatest storytellers in the history of photography. Anyone who does not understand the incredible beauty of his work (when presented with the proper censoring) should not be on the panel to decide what is RIGHT and WRONG for our society to be able to see…

  16. Dear Mr. Zuckerberg and Co,
    I would like to ask you, as an ambassador of freedom, liberty and compassion, what your ‘guidelines’ for these values are? To live constantly in the fear of losing our social platforms, as artists, is the opposite of being free and inspired.
    In what kind of world do you live when hatred, animal abuse, violence and racism can roam freely amongst your social media, but our beautiful and pure art/bodies are considered obscene by you??
    Mr. Zuckerberg, we need ANSWERS now!

  17. I would like a word tell ART has nothing to do with cheaper nudity .
    I have been working for many years in the field of nude photography with great artists, and I give workshops and coaching to be adopted in Europe in this area . Many of my works appear in magazines around the world . 2015 I win the monochrome Awards in the Nude Art Categorie
    It is always to make a tightrope walk Ornate nude , and it will never be commonality for .
    Volo has many great artists and Styl
    Therefore I think we must also evaluate this art images differently and treat
    Thanks to Volo for great work in this area

  18. Many people do not understand the difference between implied nude art work and completely raunchy unacceptable photos. Social media seems to be very unfair in what they “decide” is acceptable and what is not. I recently had my fan page deleted with over 2.3 million happy fans. I never post anything I would question, yet I see porn, violence, blood shed, bullying, and more all over face book. I was shocked and disgusted to hear that VOLO’s instagram was also deleted with no warning. We do need to take a stand so that people can understand what should and should not be posted on social media. VOLO stands for art, beauty, freedom, and the body but it in no way shows anything that is disrespectful or hateful towards any beings. The rules seem unfair as you can see examples above of “socially acceptable” pages where completely nude pornographic photos are allowed yet our pages (mine and VOLO’s) gets removed. Who are these judges? Why do they get to decide what is acceptable and what is not? I hope my words are heard as I have had been without my page for over a month and at a huge loss for business. Photographers, models, artists, whoever believes in this industry need to be heard.

  19. This too frustrates me deeply… Having people with huge accounts thriving with the use of slutty eye catching pics and videos that doesn’t translate to being artistic… And then getting stuff deleted because you post things that is acceptable in an art gallery (in addition to also having them censored). The fear of getting your account deleted is affecting artists ability to show true art… To express themselves…

  20. People if you don’t have artistic mind to look at art photographs, please go and get a life. It’s too annoying to get blocked, getting content deleted without any notification. As a photographer and artist how much pain it would be… Don’t restrict our creativity by your immature standards. there is huge difference between art and porn. you can’t compare even. we can’t teach your vulgar eyes to have artsy vision to admire our works but better you people can mind your own work and not minding to interfere into artist’s space.

  21. had FB not expressed their absolute support to freedom of speech after the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ attack? … apparently that doesn’t count for a nipple of two. (which I agree, is a severe threat to western society

  22. Social media is so important for artists. It is a way to share ideas, thoughts, photo’s,… Please don’t take that from us by blocking a magazine which publish nude art. If there is a problem with family friendly content then the solution should be to add a function that marks a picture as “contains nudity” or something like that not delete everyone who is sharing art.

  23. I have my official facebook account blocked now for 30 days for advise on a large-scale scam scammer is committing a Mexican by way of this social network in my country. Facebook puts its commercial policy to everything else. Artists from different countries we should organize and mobilize to sign a manifesto against censorship , characteristic of dictatorial regimes. The fine nude art is not pornography. The lack of freedom and the only thought if they are pornographic and brutalizing

  24. I am also involved in the creation of tasteful nudes, full of appreciation for my models as beautiful and genuine, unique subjects and partners in my photography. I for myself have been “knocked out” by Facebook recently for having posted a very tasteful picture (in 2012!), which clearly meets the community standards and has been properly censored. I fully stand with VOLO, I stand up for freedom of tasteful nude-art, I stand up against arbitrarily sanctioning those, who take every efforts to create appreciative and respectful art. I stand for a community policy which respects these efforts, while we all respect understandable rules. Eventual and arbitrary deletion is no solution. Have a good, colorful and wonderful time and many greetings from Austria, Guenther – EIKONAS Photography

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