Nipple censored on Instagram: Almodóvar denounces the algorithm

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar on Thursday warned against algorithm abuse after the brief withdrawal from Instagram of the poster for his next film, “Madres Paralelas”, which depicts a nipple.

In a text posted on Instagram by Spanish actress Penelope Cruz, who stars in “Madres paralelas”, he thanks internet users and the media for having “successfully got the minds behind the algorithm that decides what is and is not obscene and offensive to back down and allow the poster to flow freely.”

The poster shows a black and white nipple with a drop of milk hanging inside one eye on a red background, the whole giving the impression of a crying eye.

This poster was briefly removed from the social network on Monday when it was first published for non-compliance with “rules of use”, causing controversy on social networks and in the media in Spain.

“We have to be vigilant before the machines decide what we can do and what we cannot do”, warned the director, believing that “no matter how much information the algorithm has, it will never have a heart or common sense”, car “an algorithm is not human”.

Instagram had said “sorry” of this incident Wednesday, through the voice of his parent company Facebook. “We initially removed several posts with this image for violating our nudity guidelines,” a Facebook spokesperson explained to AFP. “We are, however, making exceptions to allow nudity in certain cases, such as when there is a clear artistic context. So we have reinstated the posts sharing the Almodóvar movie poster on Instagram, and we are so sorry. for any confusion “, added this spokesperson.

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Instagram is regularly singled out for automatic image removal under its very strict nudity and anti-pornography policy. The app claims its rules have evolved and become more “nuanced”, to make exceptions in matters of nudity when it is, for example, breastfeeding, nudity at events or in art.

The film Parallel Mothers, which is due out on September 10 in Spanish theaters, will open the 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival, where it will compete and which takes place from September 1 to 11.

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