Facebook Mastectomy Scar Photos Allowed After 20K Sign Petition

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Facebook has revised its nudity policy to allow users to post photos of mastectomy scars after cancer survivors started a petition on Change.org that drew 20,000 signature.

Scorchy Barrington began the online petition after she noticed that photographer David Jay’s photos from the SCAR Project — a series of photographs of young breast cancer survivors — were being removed from the social media site.

“As a woman living with Stage IV breast cancer, photos like The Scar Project help me feel a little less alone in what I’m going through,” she wrote on Change.org. “With so many young women facing breast cancer diagnoses, I know these photos give them hope, too. By removing the photos, Facebook is sending us a message that our struggle with this disease should be kept in the dark.”

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On Wednesday, Facebook released a statement that said it would allow photos of mastectomy scars.

“We have long allowed mastectomy photos to be shared on Facebook, as well as educational and scientific photos of the human body and photos of women breastfeeding,” the statement read. “We only review or remove photos after they have been reported to us by people who see the images in their News Feeds or otherwise discover them. On occasion, we may remove a photo showing mastectomy scarring either by mistake, as our teams review millions of pieces of content daily, or because a photo has violated our terms for other reasons.

“As a reminder, our terms stipulate that we generally do not allow nudity, with some exceptions as laid out above and here, consistent with other platforms that have many young users,” the company added.

Source: NewsMax

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Matt Vera is a registered nurse with a bachelor of science in nursing since 2009 and is currently working as a full-time writer and editor for Nurseslabs. During his time as a student, he knows how frustrating it is to cram on difficult nursing topics. Finding help online is nearly impossible. His situation drove his passion for helping student nurses by creating content and lectures that are easy to digest. Knowing how valuable nurses are in delivering quality healthcare but limited in number, he wants to educate and inspire nursing students. As a nurse educator since 2010, his goal in Nurseslabs is to simplify the learning process, break down complicated topics, help motivate learners, and look for unique ways of assisting students in mastering core nursing concepts effectively.
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