What is it with Facebook and Breasts?
Anyone who has been on the internet knows that pictures of naked breasts aren't exactly hard to find. Sometimes they even seem impossible to avoid. Mainstream websites have rightfully sought to crack down on nude or pornographic content, to protect the kids, of course, but Facebook seems to have a particularly hard time in applying common sense norms to determining when pictures of breasts are acceptable versus when they're pornographic.
Case in point. A woman named Sharon Adams, diagnosed with breast cancer, recently uploaded photos of the scar on her breast which resulted from her mastectomy. The photos were accompanied by a description of her fight against the disease and offers of encouragement to other women to go for regular check-ups.
Take a look for yourself at one of the pictures in question, posted here. Does this seem to you like pornography that is going to corrupt minors?
Well, Facebook apparently thought so because they decided to immediately remove the images, using the nefarious label, "sexual and abusive".
Sharon Adams' counter-argument was 100% on the mark as she responded by saying, "For Facebook to claim they were sexual and abusive was absurd. Facebook has online groups about sexual positions and some groups which are bordering on racist [not to mention hate groups and Holocaust-denial groups] - but they ban this."
Thankfully, common sense eventually prevailed. A major online protest occurred among Facebook's own users which pressured the website to ultimately reverse its decision and lift the ban.
But why is that even necessary? We shouldn't need to collectively organize mass protests in order to convince websites to utilize good judgment.
What's worse is that this story isn't even unique; it comes on the heels of a previous case where Facebook banned images of breast-feeding mothers - a ban which held in place until another protest action (on behalf of a group that came to be known as "lacktivists") similarly pressured the website to relent once again.
It's a bizarro world indeed when insanely gratuitous pictures of college kids throwing drunken sexual orgies are considered permissible, while photos designed to prevent breast cancer by encouraging mammograms are banned as being obscene and pornographic.
Facebook really dropped the ball on this one. Again.