Yes, I publish photos of naked people on the internet and on Twitter. Often self portraits, I like to be in control of what I present to an audience and I do not like to be censored by anyone but myself. In deciding what I publish I consider my audience carefully and the conditions set out by the owners of any publishing platform. I do this because after all my time investment I do not want to lose that audience – I am also aware that many in that audience would not want to lose me.
One purpose of this blog and my tweeting is to promote the freedom to be naked in as many places as possible and prod those who feel reluctant to expose themselves to feel comfortable naked in front of others. While being vehemently anti-censorship, what I am not doing is running an anti-censorship campaign. If I were, then one possible and quite legitimate strategy for me would be to run a campaign of disobedience of the rules to get myself banned. But that is not what I am about. I do not wish to be banned.
Twitter allow me to play in their space and I have no wish to abuse that privilege. And why should I feel aggrieved anyway? After all, when it comes to naked human beings, there is nothing that I create that Twitter would not permit me to publish. What is more, although I do not follow such accounts, it seems Twitter is in fact tolerant of the publication of all but illegal pornography, so it more than meets my anti-censorship principles.
Unfortunately, despite what I have just said, people publishing harmless non-sexual nudity manage to get their Twitter accounts suspended! If you are here to participate in the regular promotion of the naturist lifestyle, foster followers and stay connected then it is more than a little careless to lose your account.
There are two basic rules to follow to steer your content safely through the sometimes highly strung world of Twitter:
- Do not include nudity in your profile pic or banner image.
- Mark any tweets including nudity as ‘sensitive’.
Rule 1. is of critical importance.
My own banner image twitter.com/allablur includes nudity – Twitter’s rule is that you “may not use pornographic or excessively violent media in your profile image or header image”. Be sensible – do not test Twitter’s interpretation of what is pornographic by needlessly posting a conventional naturist image that contains genitals or even breasts. While not pornographic, because such images are projected into another context (twitter users’ following and followers lists) then such images may be put in front of prude users who have their ‘sensitive media’ filter turned on to avoid nudity in tweets. You will eventually get reported and then things are left somewhat to chance in the hands of a twitter administrator who may be pre-disposed towards preventing nudity being put in front of those who have elected not to see it.
Following Rule 2. is less important – the worst that can happen for infringing Rule 2. is that you can get the sensitive media setting imposed on you through Twitter forcing all your content to be marked as such.
I know that what I have written here throws up some queries. So here are some supplementary questions that I find being put by naturists on twitter…
1. What on earth is ‘sensitive media’?
Unlike the rules for profile images, https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169199 refers to nudity rather than pornography:
“By appropriately marking your media settings, Twitter can identify potentially sensitive content that others users may not wish to see, such as violence or nudity. If you intend to regularly post such content, we request that you adjust your media setting.”
2. There is pornography appearing in my stream, how do I get it deleted?
If not marked as sensitive, then you may report it. You will need to turn off your “Do not inform me before showing media that may be sensitive” setting to find out if it is marked or not. This action will get the image marked as ‘sensitive’ but not necessarily removed from twitter.
If the publisher already marked it as sensitive, again you can report it – but since it is probably published within Twitter’s rules they are unlikely to take any action. They may well suggest that if offended you simply stop following that account, which is what I would suggest too!
3. There is pornography on Twitter, how do I get it deleted?
With great difficulty given Twitter’s current stance. If it offends you don’t go looking for it!
4. Some people are posting pornography while pretending to be naturists hence hence associating naturism with sexual activity. How can I stop that?
This seems to be of concern to many. I would suggest that you think carefully about giving them the oxygen of publicity by calling them out for what they do. Like it or not there are far more people surfing the internet looking for porn than looking for innocent naturist pics – a consequence of your actions is that you are sending more followers in their direction.
Assuming that they have sensible profile and banner images, there is still one route that may be open. Many such profiles entirely consist of stolen images so you can go after them for copyright infringement – see https://support.twitter.com/articles/18311. For example, one account promoting one interpretation of naturism that publishes occasional porn carries the profile image of an actress. I doubt that it is actually that actress producing the tweets so if concerned she could get in touch with her photographer who would be in position to take action.
Rules are different on facebook but I have had somebody’s facebook account removed for using a photo I took of a friend as her profile image. The snag is that it is the photographer who normally has to pursue such claims and the process can be convoluted.
5. What if I don’t change my sensitive media setting when posting nudes?
See https://support.twitter.com/articles/20169199. You may get a warning and you may have your default setting changed for you but you are most unlikely to be banned.
6. Where do I find Twitter’s rules?
7. How do I change my sensitive media settings?
Go to the ‘Tweet Media’ heading in the ‘Content’ section of your ‘Profile and Settings’. On a standard twitter web page, this is got at by clicking on your profile image at the top right.
Good luck, and unless you are shallow, insincere and exploitative publisher of photos of individuals enjoying what they assumed was private nudity, don’t get banned!