Adult nudity and sexual activity
Sexual Activity and Content, Nudity, Sexually Explicit, Suggestive, Non-Consensual Explicit Imagery (NCEI)
Apr 14, 2022
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.
Our Nudity Policies have become more nuanced over time. We understand that nudity can be shared for a variety of reasons, including as a form of protest, to raise awareness about a cause or for educational or medical reasons. Where such intent is clear, we make allowances for the content. For example, while we restrict some images of female breasts that include the nipple, we allow other images, including those depicting acts of protest, women actively engaged in breastfeeding and photos of post-mastectomy scarring. For images depicting visible genitalia or the anus in the context of birth and after-birth moments or health-related situations, we include a warning label so that people are aware that the content may be sensitive. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art that depicts nude figures.
Do not post:
Imagery of real nude adults, if it depicts:
Visible genitalia except in the context of giving birth and after-birth moments or health-related situations (e.g. gender confirmation surgery, examination for cancer or disease prevention/assessment).
Visible anus and/or fully nude close-ups of buttocks unless photoshopped on a public figure.
Uncovered female nipples except in the context of breastfeeding, giving birth and after-birth moments, health-related situations (e.g. post-mastectomy, breast cancer awareness or gender confirmation surgery) or an act of protest.
Imagery of sexual activity, including:
Explicit sexual activity and stimulation
Explicit sexual intercourse or oral sex, defined as mouth or genitals entering or in contact with another person's genitals or anus, where at least one person's genitals are nude.
Explicit stimulation of genitalia or anus, defined as stimulating genitalia or anus or inserting objects, including sex toys, into genitalia or anus, where the genitalia and contact with the genitalia is directly visible.
Implied sexual activity and stimulation
Implied sexual intercourse or oral sex, defined as mouth or genitals entering or in contact with another person's genitals or anus, when the genitalia is not directly visible, except in cases of a sexual health context, advertisements and recognised fictional images or with indicators of fiction.
Implied stimulation of genitalia or anus, defined as stimulating genitalia or anus or inserting objects, including sex toys, into or above genitalia or anus, when the activity or contact is not directly visible, except in cases of sexual health context, advertisements and recognised fictional images or with indicators of fiction.
Other activities including but not limited to:
Presence of by-products of sexual activity.
Sex toys placed upon or inserted into mouth.
Stimulation of naked human nipples.
Squeezing female breasts, defined as a grabbing motion with curved fingers that shows both marks and clear shape change of the breasts. We allow squeezing in breastfeeding contexts.
Fetish content that involves:
Acts that are likely to lead to the death of a person or animal.
Faeces, urine, spit, snot, menstruation or vomit.
Digital content that meets our definition of sexual activity, except when posted in an educational or scientific context, or when it meets one of the criteria below and shown only to individuals aged 18 years and older.
Extended audio of sexual activity
We only show this content to individuals aged 18 and over:
Real-world art that depicts sexual activity.
Posting photographs or videos of objects that depict sexual activity in real-world art.
Imagery depicting bestiality in real-world art, provided that it is shared neutrally or in condemnation, and the people or animals depicted are not real.
Implied sexual activity in advertisements.
Implied sexual activity in recognised fictional images or with indicators of fiction.
Digital content that meets our definition of sexual activity, where:
The sexual activity (intercourse or other sexual activities) isn't directly visible.
The content was posted in a satirical or humorous context.
Only body shapes or contours are visible.