Instagram Not Into ‘Hosting Porn’, But Floated Idea of More Nudity-Friendly Version

Instagram’s anti-nudity policy and the backlash toward it have been well-documented. But now it appears that maybe, just maybe, the company has thought about rethinking that? Probably not – for plenty of reasons that mostly deal with advertising and its…

Instagram Blames Apple for Its Dumb Nudity Policy

We’ve documented Instagram’s (and its parent company Facebook’s) hatred of the female form for years. The company basically bans photos of female nipples, unless they are attached to a baby or on a sculpture. Instagram’s actual, word-for-word policy on nudity…

Chrissy Teigen Is the Latest to Test Instagram’s Nudity Policy

So, how long will this post stay up on Instagram? Model Chrissy Teigen is the latest in a line of high-profile celebrities who’ve chosen to defy Instagram’s lame rules concerning nudity. On Monday afternoon, Teigen posted this photo, from a…

Reddit Unveils New Anti-Harassment Policy, But What Does It Actually Do?

Reddit, a site that’s basically run by volunteer moderators with minimal tinkering from the higher-ups, says it’s going to get more serious about dealing with harassment. “We have been looking closely at the conversations on reddit and at personal safety.…

Instagram Takes Harder Line on Nudity, Abuse

Instagram has always asked users to be nice and respectful of each other, but now the social network is taking a harder line on a handful of issues. And it’s updated its community guidelines to reflect this. “In the old…

Twitter Finally Takes a Proactive Step to Fight Abuse – but It’s Limited in Scope for Now

Twitter is taking the first real proactive step to combat abusive content on the site. Anil Dash noticed a new feature when he logged into Twitter on Monday called “quality filtering.” It looks like Twitter is finally attempting to filter…

Reddit Wants No Part of the Next Fappening

Last year, hundreds of nude images of celebrities were stolen off the cloud and passed around various internet channels including 4chan and reddit. The latter, being a much more mainstream community, faced a heavy dose of criticism for allowing multiple…

Marijuana Legalization Was Facebook’s Most-Discussed Topic on Election Day

On Election Day, with hotly contested House, Senate, and Gubernatorial races happening all over the country, social media chatter was turned up to 11. According to Facebook, Tuesday’s midterm elections saw 85 million interactions (posts, likes, and comments) from 27…

Twitter Now Removes Images of the Dead Upon Request

In some circumstances, upon request of the family, Twitter will now delete images of the deceased. In order for Twitter to act on any specific imagery, a few qualifications must be met. Once an immediate family member of the deceased…

Twitter Says It’ll Work on Its Anti-Abuse Policies

In the aftermath of Robin Williams’ death, his daughter Zelda was pretty much driven off Twitter by a handful of horrible people. Merely hours after her father had hung himself, assholes on Twitter began sending her cruel messages and photoshopped…

Google Abandons Real Name Policy for Google+, Apologizes for the Confusion

After years of complaints from users, Google has finally caved and dropped the real name policy that governed Google+, which in turn affected many other Google entities. In an apologetic post, Google admits that their name policy has “been unclear”…

Apple’s iPhone Return Window Shrinks to 14 Days

For a while now, Apple has allowed customers to return any iPhone they purchased 30 days ago or less at an official Apple store (or online)–considering the phone wasn’t screwed up and it had all of its accessories with it.…

Facebook Clarifies Policy on Graphic Content

Facebook says that when it comes to graphic, violent content posted on the site, they’re going to start taking a more “holistic” approach. We told you earlier this week that Facebook had reversed a months-old policy that banned all sorts…

Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Facebook confirmed that users can share these types of videos as long as they’re not encouraging the activity, and a spokesperson also told me that the company is working on ways to give users more ways to control the…

Facebook to Pull All Ads from Pages with ‘Violent, Graphic, or Sexual Content’

Starting next Monday, if you operate a page or group that contains any violent, graphic, or sexual content, you’re going on Facebook’s blacklist for ads. In an effort to assure advertisers that their ads will no longer appear next to…

Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Public Outcry, Petition

Facebook has a breast phobia. Anyone who’s attempted to post art, breastfeeding photographs, and even photos that resemble breasts but are not actually breasts, only to have them removed, know this. We’ve covered Facebook’s wonky content-removal system plenty of times.…

Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED]

UPDATE: It looks like Facebook has removed the page, as I thought they would. But it was still active for a long time, and Facebook did delay in yanking it even after various content reports. Still shows how messed-up Facebook’s…

Pinterest Will Soon Allow Nudity, As Long As It’s Artistic

Pinterest, like many other social sites, has had to deal with an unavoidable amount of nudity, porn, and the battle between the two. Is a bare breast considered pornographic? I don’t know, ask Facebook. How much porn is too much…

Facebook Officially Kills the User Vote

Yesterday the voting period ended on Facebook’s third and final Site Governance vote, and we told you that the results overwhelmingly supported keeping the current SSR and Data Use polices. Of course, we also told you that it didn’t matter…

Facebook Just Eliminated Voting That Doesn’t Matter with a Vote That Didn’t Matter

And with that, Facebook’s tepid attempt at democracy comes to a close. Voting is over in Facebook’s third (and final) Site Governance vote. With just under 700,000 votes cast, Facebook users overwhelmingly voted against proposed changes to Facebook’s SSR and…