Wednesday, 13 February 2013
Friday, 8 February 2013
NAKed and acTIVe - Censorship
I was banned by Facebook, and content removed, accompanied by the threat of a permanently disabled account, because of the above two photos, apparently because I violated their TOS. This is simply not true, and I believe this is more likely to be a case of the morally hypocritical puritan minority imposing it's views on the rest of us yet again. It's not sufficient to lie down and accept the administrative choice in this case because FB says one thing and does another, all at the behest of somebody who decides to complain because they see something they disapprove of. This is censorship of the worst kind. Let's take a look at Facebook's actual TOS:
Facebook's very own Community Standards includes this text under the nudity section: "...we aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance..." and here is the relevant section:
- Nudity and Pornography
- 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.
In the two examples above, one is a hike in which I participated in the Bayerischzell region of Bavaria. This is documentary and surely of personal importance? The other image records a highly interesting Art installation by the photographer and artist Spencer Tunick, in the centre of the city, hosted by the opera house to celebrate the beginning of the Opera season in Munich. How much more related to personal importance and to modern Art is it possible to get, and still be regarded as pornography by Facebook admins?
More of the same type of Facebook lying, and abuse of their authority with regard breastfeeding images, to provide shamefully filtered content, (which they erroneously say they do not censor), can be seen here:
- HEY, FACEBOOK, BREASTFEEDING IS NOT OBSCENE! - page 6
- HEY, FACEBOOK, BREASTFEEDING IS NOT OBSCENE! - page 19
Please feel free to share links to this page as far and as wide as possible, with a view to letting Facebook realize they need to accommodate the harmless views of their users and to not impose a puritan minority view on the rest of us.