Facebook Censors A Woman’s Elbow That Looks Like A Nipple
With around one billion active users, Facebook has struggled mightily throughout its young life to keep everyone happy, and to make it’s tent always bigger and more welcoming. But this week, a prankster’s experiment once again made the social network’s Community Standards seem poorly defined and enforced, when a photo of a woman’s elbow (above) was removed, presumably because it looks like a nipple.
A modern art website called “Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things” posted the photo to its Facebook page as part of an “alertness test,” and notified followers when the photo was taken down for supposedly violating “Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.”
The CEO of the site, who spoke to ABC News anonymously, said that the test was part of a larger protest of Facebook’s strict no nudity policy.
“If we post a Renaissance painting consisting of a lady with, God forbid, a nipple, they’ll remove it and block our personal account,” he said via instant message. “We thought it would be a good idea to check on their standards, to make people ask themselves what exactly it is that is bothering them so much.”
Facebook’s guidelines claim that they do allow “content of personal importance,” including classic artwork like “photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David.”
Facebook has run into this issue in the past, most notably with mothers who complained that photos of breastfeeding were removed from the site.
What do you think about Facebook’s latest censorship gaffe?