This World Leader Posted A Sexually Explicit Video On Twitter But It's Not Been Removed
Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro posted an explicit video on Twitter, claiming to "expose the truth" about how people express their sexuality.
Bolsonaro was elected in October 2018, on a platform of far-right and seemingly anti-gay and racist views He's also gained international attention for his climate policy that could negatively impact the Amazon jungle.
Bolsonaro said he didn't want to post the video, but felt compelled to share it with members of the public. It came after many participants in the famous Brazilian Carnival celebration criticised the new president during the festivities this year.
"I do not feel comfortable in showing this, but we have to expose the truth of the population to have the knowledge and know their priorities," Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.
"This is what many of the streets at the Brazilian carnival have become. Comment and make your own conclusions."
The video shows three men on a platform. One of the men can be seen with his pants down and his buttocks facing the crowd. The man can also be seen touching himself. Another man exposes himself and appears to masturbate.
10 daily has chosen not to publish the video due to its sexually explicit nature.
The President's tweet remains accessible on his Twitter page, with a sensitive content warning masking it from view. Users must click into the post to see the video.
Twitter's Media Policy says it does allow "forms of graphic violence and/or adult content in Tweets marked as containing sensitive media".
It also states "you may not post or share intimate photos or videos of someone that were produced or distributed without their consent," and that "limited exceptions may apply if there is clear context that the interaction is consensual".
While the sexual acts were performed in public, it is not clear if Bolsonaro published the video with the consent of the people featured.
10 daily contacted Twitter about the nature of the "exception" for the video.
Do Other Social Media Platforms Allow Porn?
Social media platforms generally have policies regarding the distribution of adult content.
Social media platforms are increasingly clamping down on adult content, following the passing of controversial legislation by US President Donald Trump in 2018.
This legislation exposed publishers to criminal risk around content advertising sex. Due to the logistical nightmare of sorting through which content advertised sex work or not, many publishers simply shut down explicit content altogether.
Tumblr was one of the first to ban porn, announcing that all “photos, videos, or GIFs that show real-life human genitals or female-presenting nipples, and any content--including photos, videos, GIFs and illustrations--that depicts sex acts" would be banned.
Instagram's Community Guidelines state users are to "post photos and videos that are appropriate to a diverse audience". All content with some nudity, even shared for artistic reasons, is not allowed on Instagram.
"This includes photos, videos, and some digitally-created content that show sexual intercourse, genitals, and close-ups of fully-nude buttocks," Instagram's policy reads.
"It also includes some photos of female nipples, but photos of post-mastectomy scarring and women actively breastfeeding are allowed. Nudity in photos of paintings and sculptures is OK, too."
Facebook also has a policy instructing users to "not post" sexual content.
Its Community Standards guidelines ban the "attempted coordination of or recruitment for adult sexual activities, including but not limited to filmed sexual activities, pornographic activities, strip club shows, live sex performances, erotic dances, sexual, erotic, or tantric massages."
It also says any sexual solicitation is not allowed. This includes sexual statements, sexualised slang, referring to sexual roles, positions, intercourse of state of arousal, for example.
Both Facebook and Instagram have teams of people who work to assess the nature of the content and manage user queries about posts that could be deemed sexually explicit.
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