Facebook and Boobs

9 Nov

Facebook’s been getting hammered recently for removing images of women breastfeeding their children. According to their extremely abstract terms and conditions, these images are classified as pornographic.

“You will not post content that: is hateful, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”


This seems like a bit of stretch considering that the only distinguishing characteristic that makes these images “pornographic,” compared to the millions of co-ed cleavage pics, is the areola according to TERA, the Topfree Equal Rights Association (http://www.tera.ca).

image banned by facebook

This image was banned by Facebook (from http://www.tera.ca/photos6.html)

So, what is a website’s role in policing content. It is NOT illegal in America to breastfeed your child in public and images of breastfeeding are NOT considered “pornographic” under Federal law. This legal position ensures that women can breastfeed in any location in which the mother and child would normally be allowed (source).

From a purely business perspective it seems that there is not a significant reason to police content more than is mandated by law. This ensures that the overhead cost of your content police are kept to a bare minimum and controversial policies are also kept to a minimum as well.

But then again, who will protect the children!

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