Meta’s oversight board on Tuesday overturned the corporate’s choice to take away two Instagram posts depicting transgender and non-binary folks with naked chests, saying that Meta wanted to alter its coverage to make it extra inclusive.

The board, which is funded by Meta however operates independently, stated in a ruling that the corporate’s grownup nudity coverage is predicated on a binary view of gender, making it unclear how the principles apply to intersex, non-binary and transgender folks.

The circumstances referred by the board included two posts in 2021 and 2022 made underneath an Instagram account, which is maintained by a US-based couple. The posts featured pictures of the couple bare-chested with the nipples lined and their captions mentioned transgender healthcare and gender-affirming surgical procedure.

Meta’s coverage prohibits pictures containing feminine nipples aside from in specified circumstances reminiscent of breastfeeding and gender affirmation surgical procedure.

“The restrictions and exceptions to the principles on feminine nipples are intensive and complicated, significantly as they apply to transgender and non-binary folks,” the board stated.

It added that “this creates confusion for customers and moderators and, as Meta has acknowledged, results in content material being wrongly eliminated.”

The oversight board, which incorporates lecturers, rights consultants, and legal professionals, was created by the corporate to rule on a small slice of thorny content material moderation appeals, however it might additionally advise on-site insurance policies.

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