Demonstrators Bare Nipples Outside Facebook HQ In Censorship Protest

Photographed by Spencer Tunick

About 100 people stripped naked in front of Facebook’s New York headquarters on Sunday, as part of a protest against what they view as censorship regarding Facebook and Instagram’s policies around artistic nudity.

As dawn rose over the city, the demonstrators lay naked on the road, each with large images of male nipples covering their genitalia.

The protest — called #wethenipple — was organized and photographed by internationally-renowned American artist Spencer Tunick and the National Coalition Against Censorship (NCAC).Members of women’s rights group Grab Them By The Ballot took part in the demonstration.

The group said in a statement it was “challenging the censorship of artistic female nudity by Facebook and Instagram’s ‘community standards.

‘”Facebook owns Instagram; CNN contacted both social media companies for comment, but had not received a reply at the time of publishing.

Grab Them By The Ballot’s mission is to “empower women around body positivity and encourage female voter turnout in 2020,” it said in a statement.

Naked volunteers pose for the US photographer Spencer Tunick in the ice-cold Swiss glacier of Aletsch, the largest in the Alps, as background for an environmental campaign about global warming in 2007. Credit: FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/AFP/Getty Images

But the group’s founder, Dawn Robertson, said the group has been censored by Facebook after posting artistic nude images of women.Robertson said Facebook permanently disabled the group’s ad account after it posted a nude painting with a celebratory poem for Mother’s Day.

She said her personal account had also been banned six times after she posted artistic images of naked women. In correspondence seen by CNN, Facebook apologized and said it was “wrong” to have done so, but Robertson said she was later banned again.