If you haven't done so, I highly encourage you to check out Facebook's new Community Standards.

While I agree with 99% of the recent changes they've made, there are some things that are downright alarming!

For example, in the Hate Speech section of the Community Standards, Facebook specifically calls out "cursing":

Cursing, defined as:

  • Referring to the target as genitalia or anus, including but not limited to: cunt, dick, asshole

  • Profane terms or phrases with the intent to insult, including but not limited to: fuck, bitch, motherfucker

  • Terms or phrases calling for engagement in sexual activity, or contact with genitalia or anus, or with feces or urine, including but not limited to: suck my dick, kiss my ass, eat shit

This is problematic for several reasons. First, studies have shown that people who curse are actually more intelligent and have a higher vocabulary than those that don't.

Second, cursing is a form of expression typically deployed when other avenues of expression have either already been exhausted, or do not have the magnitude to convey the emotional response intended to be expressed.

And last, cursing is a fundamental part of adult life! If Facebook wants to throw my ass in jail for calling Donald Trump a sorry-ass goddamn motherfucking cock-sucking son-of-a-bitch, well Mark Zuckerberg can kiss my shiny metal ass!

But the one Facebook Community Standards area that affect most artists on the platform is that surrounding Facebook's rules governing nudity and sexual activity:

We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content. Additionally, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content. Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless it is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. [Emphasis added. -Ed]

Adults are sexual creatures. Sex and sexuality is an important part of our life and pervasive in our culture. While Facebook may be headquartered in the US, the reality is most of the World is much more liberal, lax, and accepting of sex and sexuality than the US.

The simple reality is, Facebook is not an appropriate medium for sharing NSFW content. Facebook's double-standards with nipples for example are merely a symptom of a much larger problem.

The reality is content creators should not rely on distribution mediums they do not control to publish their content. Otherwise you run the risk of Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter, DeviantArt, ArtStation, Wix, Patreon, or any number of existing or future sites either holding your content hostage, or limiting (or eliminating) your exposure and your audience.

My 7-day Facebook ban has been a wake-up call for me. But it has helped me cement and regain control over the distribution of my thoughts and ideas.

I got banned by Facebook for posting a link to this Reddit post where I posted, "Talk about dumb as(s) fuck(s)." Facebook considered that to be hate-speech, and banned me for 7-days.

Be careful out there.

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