Fake News from Facebook and Instagram
Artist Jannica Honey has been photographing the female body for years. She started photographing women in a new way after her own experience of the process of having IVF. She took pictures of women in nature every full and new moon to mirror the small moments when it was possible to conceive.
The series was called When the Blackbird Sings.
But the platforms of Facebook and Instagram started deleting her posts and banishing her for “breaching guidelines”. This was all about social control and control of how the female body could be depicted. This was censorship and the creation of fake news by algorithm.
Bodies that were older, wrinkly, had hair or scars were banned, despite these platforms thriving on sexual content which meets their approval.
Honey now thinks her ‘shadow-ban’ may have been lifted, but the battle against censorship and who controls representation continues.
BBC Scotland’s new arts programme Loop told her story …