Free the culture! Facebook, change algorithms!
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Let's ask Facebook for the real change.
Facebook is an important communication tool.
So… what happens if it censors art, images and words because they are considered pornography, even when they have nothing to do with it?
My name is Laura Ghianda, you may already know me because my story (that you can read here:30,000 year old Venus censored as pornography) went global thanks to The Art Newspaper.
Mine is not the only case.
Censorship happened many times before on Facebook, for example with "The Origin of the World", Gustave Courbet’s painting, "The Kiss", Rodin's sculpture and so on.
Also, a lot of people commented on my post that the same thing happened to them too.
Similar stories, same response from Facebook.
We really need, as the civil society we claim to be, to free art pieces and innocent words/images from any censorship.
The Lady of Willendorf fact is not my only censorship experience with insertions. Facebook also censored a couple of my insertions about folklore and mythology because of the use of the word “goddess”, a term disgracefully related to the porn culture because many pornographic photos of women are tagged with this word.
Hilariously, one of the blocked insertions because of “pornographic content” was about the Italian mythical character "Befana", a really old and ugly hag that brings gifts to children, an echo of an old winter goddess archetype.
This algorithm causes many issues like these.
Such a strict censorship does not make Facebook a better place.
The attempt to block pornographic contents on Facebook is a principle I totally agree with. But their algorithms limit the possibility to create a better culture.
It limits the beauty from being shared and boosted, it limits the mythological stories that want to be retold, it limits that good process of creativity that has always accompanied the great humanity.
Facebook, don't you want to help boost a better humanity?
On the other side, it causes the pornography industry to own and control some words and symbols, such as “goddess”.
No other possible narrations, no other possible meaning negotiations.
Last but not least, this is not only a frontal attack to art, but it may also affect the women’s right to describe themselves outside the unique model of the "ever sexy ever ageless" human being. It will never happen if the world of porn holds the monopoly on women words and symbols.
THAT'S WHY WE ARE ASKING FACEBOOK TO DEFINITIVELY CHANGE ITS ALGORITHMS.
SIGN THE PETITION TO ASK FACEBOOK THE REAL CHANGE.
By signing we are:
-ASKING TO CHANGE THE ALGORITHMS TO ALLOW EXPRESSION AND PROMOTION OF ART AND CULTURE, AS DESCRIBED ABOVE
-ASKING TO SPEAK OR CHAT WITH A REAL HUMAN BEING AFTER A MAXIMUM OF 2 APPEALS, IN CASE OF ALGORITHM'S MISTAKES.
We, together, have done a lot. Let's take one more little step to fulfil our goal. Let's do our part for the real change.
With love and gratitude,
P.S: I would like to point out that Facebook officially apologised for this incident, but the very same day it censored an advert promoting The Art Newspaper's Venus of Willendorf story and has not retracted the decision.
So, thank you for your apologies Facebook team, but this isn’t enough as if you don’t change your algorithms, this will keep happening.
<3 gratitude to Alice Beith for helping me with the language
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