In 1953, Coppertone released a now iconic ad which depicted a little girl at the beach getting her bathing suit bottoms pulled down by a little dog. You can see a little of her bare bottom and tan line. It was innocent, it was adorable and perfectly acceptable in the 50’s.
That was 1953. In 2014, a photo like that is considered nudity and pornography. It’s a sad world we live in.
North Carolina mom Jill White is a professional photographer who mostly photographs children. She and her best friend took their daughters to the beach for a photo shoot. At the end of the shoot, the two 2 year old girls were playing when one of them playfully pulled down the back of the other girl’s bathing suit bottom. Jill tells us, “My daughter passed gas and the other little girl laughed and pointed and said POOP…they are both potty training…She was checking Willa, my daughter’s, pants to see if she pooped basically. Me and my girlfriend looked at each other, thinking the same thing, and said ‘Coppertone ad!’ I picked my camera up from where I was standing and snapped a photo…just as a MOM would that wouldn’t be a photographer…”
Jill posted the photo, not thinking too much of it. “I have bare bottoms from other photographers come through my feed all the time and I, myself, have posted other bare bottom photos for people….which still exist on Facebook.” Within hours, Facebook sent a notice for Jill to take down the photo or change her privacy settings. Jill ignored it as she did not feel that she had violated Facebook’s community standards policy on nudity and pornography. Her account was then frozen for 24 hours and could not access her personal page nor her photography business page.
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When her account was unfrozen, she posted the photo again, this time with an emoji covering the “offensive” part.
Now, that photograph is under review, again for nudity and pornography and Jill is facing a lifetime ban. She is outraged at the double standard as she sees nudity all the time on Facebook.
A spokesperson for Facebook says, “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,” and that it was not deleted because it was considered pornography, but because it shows a child’s bare bottom.
The debate ensues with people on both sides of the camp – ones supporting Facebook for their decision to be politically correct and safe and those that think Facebook’s community policy is too subjective.
What are your thoughts?
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[Via Fox Carolina]