Facebook Fail: It’s Not Porn, Morans

This image has been repeatedly removed from Facebook user profiles because it’s been reported as pornography/nudity. Fail and fie on Facebook, or rather on the blue-stocking, onion-eyed morans who keep reporting it and the overworked outsourced workers who have no clue.

Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.

How is an image of double mastectomy survivor with a full-breast plate tattoo any more “pornographic” than a family photo of breast feeding?  And really, who cares? Can’t FB maybe focus on the slew of obvious porn (full closeup insertion) profiles that keep showing up in our  “people you might know” columns (and maybe figure out who is trafficking those women)? Dog-fighting and neo-Nazi hate pages?

It takes a lot of effort to push change through on Facebook, and so far over 45,000 people have liked/and or shared this photo, a celebration of strength and beauty, originally published in Margaret Mifflin’s book  Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoos. The photo was reposted  with full credit in tattoo forums on Facebook where it spread virally and eventually upset some people who maybe should just re-jigger their settings or unfriend whoever sent it,  rather than getting all sandy-pantsed over it.  Or maybe they just are offended by the cute squirrel.

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