Nudity and Censorship Online – Is Google The New Big Brother?
Nudity and Online Censorship Issues:
Nudity and Censorship Online – Is the world of political correctness spinning out of control? Special interest and conservative groups are constantly applying pressure on lawmakers and companies to diminish the things we can do or say on the web or in public.
If we look at how censorship is being implemented, we will eventually discover what the driving force is that will decide if something is decent or indecent. While all these companies have set guidelines it is the implementation and interpretation of these guidelines that may raise a few eyebrows.
This article will take a brief look at what constitutes an unacceptable image or video on the web and why.
The issue of Nudity and Censorship Online
Is the human body truly pornographic? Why is violence okay while nudity is evil? Why are nudism and sex lumped together?
Well, to answer this question we need to first take a long hard look at how pornography is marketed on the internet. We all know the technique of using specific content and keywords to bring visitors to websites. As a result, words like nude, nudism and nudists have been used by webmasters to sell and promote hard-core pornography. If you do a web search using these words, you will quickly come across a slew of XXX rated sites. Many pornographic websites, while not about nudism, will still most likely be on the first or second page of search results. Webmasters have been using the terms to attract potential interested parties and as such, have played a major role in tarnishing the reputation and meaning of what nudism is.
The internet is still like the wild west when it comes to quality control. Much of the censorship that occurs is strange and arbitrary in nature. This inconsistency in implementing the censorship guidelines can drive many people and organizations crazy!
Let’s take a look at Facebook. The way that Facebook censors nudity for its 700 million users is odd to say the least. Images of mothers breastfeeding their infants are not allowed if nipples are showing (even partially). Male nipples are considered to be acceptable, but a female nipple are cause for alarm. The dividing line between what is considered acceptable and what is pornographic is not clear. Oddly enough, gore and violence are perceived as acceptable and harmless.
Youtube is another great example. While Youtube claims to allow artistic nudity, they often will censor or de-list videos of nude body painting and performance art that depicts nudity. While art and beauty might be debatable, there is no doubt that body painting and dance are acceptable and recognized art forms.
The internet is very similar to the early days of television in the USA. TV companies were very much aware of the dangers of using anything risque. They were scared of upsetting the sponsors. Why are some innocent things baneful while other, graphic and disturbing content is acceptable? In one word – Money! When it boils down to it, money plays a huge part in why the internet bans images and videos that most will think are okay.
The internet, which is mainly American controlled, has not really moved on from this limited profit driven mentality. Internet companies make money from advertisers. For too long, this perpetual fear of losing money has hammered into people’s brains that nudity is just as bad as pornography, and yet it’s one more reason why people can’t seem to differentiate between simple nudity and pornography. Had this not been the case, we would be seeing far more depictions of the naked body on mainstream websites and in the media in general.
The Google Empire is fast becoming the most powerful financial entity on the planet. Because they are so massive, they refuse to take the time to assess specific instances. Just because they are doing something that many might consider immoral, as long as the advertisers are happy, chances are that nothing will change.
At the end of the day, it is common sense which tells us what is artistic or non-sexual nudity. While most will agree that an image of a breastfeeding mother is not sexual, Facebook will not change its policy as long as people are using their products and advertisers are spending money. If Google and other online moguls feel that an image or a video might slightly, maybe, somehow offend a sponsor, that is reason enough for them to ban it.
Those are some of the issues why nudism is facing so many censorship problems. As things look today, the issue of nudity and censorship will unfortunately be here for awhile.
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