This is a story I thought was well worth reporting. A mom who was attempting to “recreate” the Coppertone Kids Suntan Lotion poster was met with some adversity by the Facebook “Pornographic Images” Police.
Now here we are with all of the nonsense that goes up on Facebook like: fighting, a photo of someone breastfeeding their dog, pictures of men and women’s nude body parts and the ever popular one of the graduate breastfeeding her child at a graduation. Did you know that there are several Facebook pages dedicated to pornographic style images? Yes indeed there surely are and I don’t see those pages being put under the watchful eye of the Facebook Police.
So how is it that images like these (seen below) can find their way on to Facebook and not be deemed pornographic? Now this is 2 photos from the same Facebook page. I am utterly amazed and the priorities or lack there of at the home offices of Facebook.
So Earhustle411 readers you tell us what the deal should have been. Was Facebook wrong in their interpretation of her photo? Unfortunately we do not have the “original” posted photo however you are able to see the gist of the picture in the edited version. Read about this woman’s fight as reported by Today:
Facebook removes mom’s photo of daughter’s bare bottom
A mom who tried to recreate a famous Coppertone ad with a picture of her 2-year-old daughter’s exposed bottom at the beach ended up on the wrong side of Facebook’s decency terms.
Jill White, a photographer from Hickory, North Carolina, posted a photo on Coppertone’s Facebook page showing her daughter’s bathing suit being pulled down by a young friend. In the Coppertone ad from 1953, a dog tugs at a girl’s suit and exposes her tan lines.
White told WBTV that she thought her image was a cute recreation. Someone reported the photo and White heard from Facebook. She disagreed that it “fit the criteria of nudity or pornography” and ignored Facebook’s request to change the settings on her account or take down the photo. White ended up being banned from the social media site for 24 hours.
When White was able to get back into her account, she re-posted her image, this time with a smiley-face emoji to hide her daughter’s backside. Facebook has not taken this image down.
Over the holiday weekend, White addressed the controversy several times.
“It is hard being a photographer to change your privacy settings to FRIENDS ONLY so I have to be a PUBLIC person,” White wrote. “I am not ashamed in any way of WHO I AM or what I do. I will continue to post and be the person I know I am. I will not let anyone get the best of me and I will always fight for what I believe in.”
For its part, Facebook defended the guidelines it has in place.
“It is hard. With over 1 billion people using Facebook we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for everyone on Facebook.”
Don’t get me wrong we here at Earhustle411 totally understand the position of Facebook and its plight to protect the people, however they are NOT doing a great job of it and they may want to take a note from MySpace if this still applies to them, when a person goes to upload photos to their site if they were deemed inappropriate their system wouldn’t process the upload.
So Jill White of North Carolina, I support you and your efforts, I am a mom as well and I believe we as parents know what’s appropriate and what’s not!! Keep fighting for what is right and what you believe in!!!