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Rogue moderators are still policing breastfeeding pictures, though

Facebook Inc. (FB) is one of the world's top technology firms and owner of a social network used by over a billion human beings.  Facebook’s Community Standards state all sorts of offensive things that its users cannot post.  One thing they don't forbid is posting pictures of mothers breastfeeding their babies.  However, furor has been increasingly growing over an alleged secret campaign by Facebook and its image sharing service Instagram to delete breast-feeding pictures, even those that are not overtly sexual or provocative.  In many cases Facebook even banned or suspended the accounts of mothers posting these images.
 
This particular internet censorship issue really exploded after celebrities began to endorse the campaign #FreeTheNipple.  The celebrity nipple extravaganza began after Instagram in April suspended Rihanna from posting a photo from her "Lui" magazine shoot, where she reclined topless with pierced nipples.  At some point the masses made the connection between that nipple censorship and the censorship of nursing mothers.  
 
Other celebrities were shy about joining the cause in provocative ways.  Scout Willis dallied about the streets of New York topless [NSFW: 1, 2].  Her Instagram was suspended.  She started a new one.  That Instagram was suspended.

Freedom!
Facebook faced a full-fledged rebellion after it took away celebrities' "freedom" to post topless photos. [Image Source: 20th Century Fox]

But all this negatively publicity worked.
 
Mark Zuckerberg was no sucker and he realized the reputation damage that the campaign could bring.  So he puckered his lips and proclaimed to the Facebook masses -- let there be nipples.
 
And there were nipples.
 
But not all is well in the land of milk and honey.  Facebook's policy change orders its moderator employees to consider the content of posts, sparing pictures that seem to be the euphemistic "tasteful nude" -- pictures such as mothers breastfeeding their child or women with mastectomies showing their breasts in solidarity.  However, it didn't take long for such pictures to start getting banned once more.
 
US parenting blogger Paala Secor -- who has 4,655 followers -- posted a picture of her breastfeeding her baby after hearing about the rules change.  Along with the post she wrote:

We are proud to nourish our babies with our breasts and we will not be shamed for it. We will share our special/difficult/funny/priceless breastfeeding moments with our friends, families, and community and we will not to told [sic] to keep them to ourselves.

Breastfeeding mother
A cropped version of Ms. Secor's posted picture, for those at work [Image Source: Paala Secor]

Less than a day later, the page was suspended and Ms. Secor received a threatening notice from a moderator telling her that her page might be deleted.  She fired back, complaining to Facebook both directly and indirectly (via articles on the topic).  She eventually received a response that acknowledged that a moderator had "accidentally" suspended her account due to content she posted.
 
It appears that while Facebook's administrators have come to appreciate human breasts, some Facebook moderators haven't gotten the memo.  So as they continue their (now unauthorized) war on the human breast (and depictions thereof) the masses must strive to appeal these decisions.  Until the rogue members of the moderator community are weeded out, leaving a moderator community that is on the same page as Facebook's official internal moderation guidelines, problems will occur.  Work remains, it appears, to #FreeTheNipple on Facebook and Instagram.

Sources: The Independent, Facebook



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RE: Ewww
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 6/13/2014 2:03:43 PM , Rating: 5
I don't see what the big deal is. Maybe if people didn't make such a fuss over displaying women's breasts (the same way nobody bats an eye at mens' nipples), we wouldn't even need to even be discussing matters like this.

Just seems as though America has some effed up values/morals when it comes to nudity (tasteless or not) versus violence in media.


RE: Ewww
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/2014 2:09:12 PM , Rating: 1
Oh come on, let's not roast that old chestnut.

Facebook had a policy about nudity. They didn't want to have the same reputation that MySpace (remember that place?) had. And they enforced that equally whether or not you thought having a kid made you special and exempt.

I don't think that's some "OMG AMERICAAAAA" problem. Sure, I would love it if women walked around completely nude personally, I don't care, but I also don't think it's draconian if people are uncomfortable with public nudity.

This seems like the epitome of first world problems to me.


RE: Ewww
By atechfan on 6/13/14, Rating: 0
RE: Ewww
By Reclaimer77 on 6/13/2014 4:04:39 PM , Rating: 1
I'm NOT "offended", and the purpose of my OP was to joke about an ugly woman, not to make a case for anything. How did I know you, the king of FAILING reading comprehension, would take it this way lol.

But yeah this is just another topic where people get on their soapbox and America-bash. It's tiresome and boring. I don't believe that this is some "American" problem.


RE: Ewww
By atechfan on 6/14/2014 2:24:46 PM , Rating: 1
Since when was Reclaimer77 the judge of who is hot enough to post a boob photo? Get over yourself, she wasn't posting it for you to fap over, so I doubt she gives a shit what you think about her hotness.


RE: Ewww
By dashrendar on 6/13/2014 5:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
In this case, why aren't penis photos allowed since the primary function of it is to urinate on your little head?

Also, why aren't anus photos allowed since the primary function of it is to dump on your little head?


RE: Ewww
By atechfan on 6/14/2014 2:21:50 PM , Rating: 1
Maybe you like getting urinated on and defecated on, but Dailytech isn't the right site to be posting those sort of fantasies.


RE: Ewww
By Reclaimer77 on 6/14/2014 11:55:32 PM , Rating: 2
Censorship? Historically not awesome.

Go somewhere else, you aren't the moderator here or our self-appointed moral compass.


RE: Ewww
By atechfan on 6/15/2014 7:48:10 PM , Rating: 2
So now you are anti censorship, while a few posts back you were supporting Facebook censoring breastfeeding photos. Well, I guess hypocracy from you shoul no longer surprise me.


RE: Ewww
By Reclaimer77 on 6/16/2014 8:36:47 AM , Rating: 1
Uhhh supporting censorship? Where could you possibly get that from my post?

You're trying to shut someone up. Please find me where breastfeeding photos are covered under the First Amendment?

And I didn't even say I agreed with Facebook. I was making a JOKE you idiot! I also agree that Facebook has a right to set it's own terms of service, even if I don't agree with it personally.

Is this just too high-concept for you? Every time I post you attempt to twist it, why should I be surprised here.


RE: Ewww
By ritualm on 6/16/2014 3:18:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Uhhh supporting censorship? Where could you possibly get that from my post?

You're trying to shut someone up. Please find me where breastfeeding photos are covered under the First Amendment?

And I didn't even say I agreed with Facebook. I was making a JOKE you idiot! I also agree that Facebook has a right to set it's own terms of service, even if I don't agree with it personally.

Is this just too high-concept for you? Every time I post you attempt to twist it, why should I be surprised here.

That:

1) you keep moving goalposts

2) you made an insensitive joke - that even a jaded person as myself deem extremely offensive

3) you keep accusing others of doing things YOU have done all along

4) you are incapable of having a meaningful discussion without resorting to putdowns and personal attacks

5) you're an antisocial self-centered insane cocksmoker.


RE: Ewww
By Reclaimer77 on 6/16/2014 3:31:13 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
2) you made an insensitive joke - that even a jaded person as myself deem extremely offensive


Hey ritualm, what happens when you stick your hand in a jar of M&M's? Huh?

The brown ones steal your watch!!!!

OOOOHHH!! AHAAH I kill me! Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all week!

Seriously now you and atechfan have one thing in common, whenever I post I can expect a whinney butthurt-themed "omg Reclaimer whaaaa" reply straight away.


RE: Ewww
By inperfectdarkness on 6/14/2014 8:38:23 AM , Rating: 2
Agreed. After the uproar over "nipple-gate" at the Super Bowl 10 years ago, you'd think the problem was well highlighted.

But we're America. We like red-herring problems. We like focusing on things that don't matter, (like the BCS system, and political correctness) rather than on things that do (like a balanced budget, getting out of national debt, and not gutting the everliving crap out of our military capabilities and readiness).

I don't really see a whole lot of different between some Imam screaming bloody murder about women with their heads uncovered, and the USA having a fanatical obsession with human nudity.


"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein














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