Kiwi singer's deleted Facebook page could cost her NZ On Air funding

Kiwi singer's deleted Facebook page could cost her NZ On Air funding
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Helen Corry, an emerging New Zealand singer, risks missing out on funding after Facebook deleted her fan page with over 2000 followers. 

Having more than 1000 fans on social media increases an artist's likelihood of getting funding from NZ On Air.

Facebook deleted Corry's account because the video of her single 'La Femme', a song celebrating female-empowerment and the #MeToo movement, breached its nudity policy, reports NZME.

The cover image features a bronze-painted woman wearing a G-string and a gold leaf covering her nipples. 

Facebook's internal policies guiding moderators was revealed in May last year by the Guardian. They revealed the social media giant issued new guidelines on nudity after outcry in 2016 when the site removed an iconic Vietnam War photo because the girl in the picture was naked. 

Facebook does make some allowances for nudity, according to its guidelines. While it restricts some images of female breasts that include the nipple, it allows "other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breastfeeding, and photos of post-mastectomy scarring". It also allows "photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures".

But Facebook's new policies didn't stop it from blocking Corry's page when her husband, Damien McDowell, posted a YouTube clip of the singer's single on April 26. The video was up for three days until McDowell received a notification from Facebook that the content had been removed. 

Corry then discovered that her fan page had also been blocked. 

She changed the cover to an image of her face and appealed to Facebook to reactivate her account, but was rejected. 

Facebook came under fire in March for censoring a play advertisement in France featuring a bare-breasted woman from Eugene Delacroix's legendary French Revolution painting, which the social media giant deemed inappropriate.

Facebook soon issued an apology for banning the online promotion of the play in Paris that featured the art work. 

Corry's case is being investigated by Facebook, NZME reports.



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