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Focusing on Buttocks: What You Need to Know About Facebook’s Newest Attempt to Clarify Its Content Rules

Focusing on Buttocks: What You Need to Know About Facebook’s Newest Attempt to Clarify Its Content Rules

By Josh Wolford March 16, 2015

What can you post on Facebook and will Facebook remove it? What’s ok and what crosses the line? Where the hell is the line? Facebook has pulled the curtain back – at least a sliver – on its much-maligned content …

Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED] Facebook Reverses Ban on Graphic Beheading Videos [UPDATED]
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UPDATE: Facebook confirmed that users can share these types of videos as long as they’re not encouraging the activity, and a spokesperson also told me that the company is working on ways to give users more ways to control the …

Facebook Really Hates Anything Related to Boobies Facebook Really Hates Anything Related to Boobies

If you’re an artist or a breastfeeding mother, you’re probably well aware that Facebook isn’t too fond of boobies. Honestly, the mere appearance of a bare breast is often enough to kick Facebook’s content moderation system into high gear – …

Facebook to Pull All Ads from Pages with ‘Violent, Graphic, or Sexual Content’ Facebook to Pull All Ads from Pages with ‘Violent, Graphic, or Sexual Content’

Starting next Monday, if you operate a page or group that contains any violent, graphic, or sexual content, you’re going on Facebook’s blacklist for ads. In an effort to assure advertisers that their ads will no longer appear next to …

Google Warns ‘Adult’ Bloggers with Porn Ads of Imminent Takedown [UPDATED] Google Warns ‘Adult’ Bloggers with Porn Ads of Imminent Takedown [UPDATED]
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It looks like Google is getting ready to crack down on adult content on Blogger – or at least those who profit from promoting adult content on Blogger. Blogger users who have identified their blogs as containing “adult” content just …

Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Public Outcry, Petition Facebook Allows Mastectomy Photos Following Public Outcry, Petition
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Facebook has a breast phobia. Anyone who’s attempted to post art, breastfeeding photographs, and even photos that resemble breasts but are not actually breasts, only to have them removed, know this. We’ve covered Facebook’s wonky content-removal system plenty of times. …

Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED] Facebook Won’t Pull Shockingly Graphic Indian Prostitution Page [UPDATED]
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UPDATE: It looks like Facebook has removed the page, as I thought they would. But it was still active for a long time, and Facebook did delay in yanking it even after various content reports. Still shows how messed-up Facebook’s …

Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work Gay Marriage Photo Yanked (then Restored) in Another Instance of Facebook’s Flawed Content Removal System at Work

Facebook is (once again) in the middle of a content removal drama – except this time is doesn’t have anything to do with breastfeeding, racy cartoons, art, exposed nipples, or racially charged posts. This time, the drama centers around a …

Facebook Restores That Nipple/Elbow Photo Facebook Restores That Nipple/Elbow Photo
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Yesterday we told you about Facebook’s latest act of severe breast phobia, as the social network removed a photo that only appeared to depict bare breasts, but instead featured a woman’s elbow. The Facebook page that posted the photo, Theories …

This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook This Photo of an Elbow Is Too Hot for Facebook

In the past, we’ve been pretty critical of Facebook’s breast phobia (and its policies relating to nudity and content removal in general). As you may know, Facebook mostly outsources its policing of content. This, coupled with the sheer volume of …

Google Caves, Will Block Contested YouTube Video in Brazil Google Caves, Will Block Contested YouTube Video in Brazil
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After running out of appeal options, Google’s Director in Brazil Fabio Coelho has announced that Google will in fact block access to certain disputed videos in the country. Coelho had a pretty personal stake in the drama that played out …

Google’s President of Operations Arrested in Brazil over YouTube Spat, According to Reports [UPDATED] Google’s President of Operations Arrested in Brazil over YouTube Spat, According to Reports [UPDATED]
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UPDATE: Google has not commented on Coelho, but a spokesperson told me that they are taking action on the ruling to remove the aforementioned videos: “Google is appealing the court’s decision to remove a video from YouTube because, as a …

Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Google President of Operations over Video Removal Request Brazil Judge Orders Arrest of Google President of Operations over Video Removal Request

In another international case of countries attempting to hold companies responsible for “offensive” content hosted by one of their sites, a Brazilian judge has actually ordered the arrest of one Google employee. On Monday, Judge Flavio Peren ordered the arrest …

Banned New Yorker Cartoon Provides the Most Ridiculous Example of Facebook’s Breast Phobia Yet [UPDATED] Banned New Yorker Cartoon Provides the Most Ridiculous Example of Facebook’s Breast Phobia Yet [UPDATED]

In a move that pays tribute to the Justice Department’s 2002 decision to throw drapes over the Spirit of Justice’s exposed aluminum breasts, Facebook temporarily banned the New Yorker‘s page for two black dots on a black-and-white cartoon. According to …

Facebook Continues To Yank Breastfeeding Photos Facebook Continues To Yank Breastfeeding Photos
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Another day, another set of breastfeeding images removed from Facebook. This time, the affected group of breastfeeding activists hail from the Respect The Breast Facebook page. The page’s founder, Heather Stultz, told the Huffington Post that in the last few …

Facebook’s Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous Facebook’s Breast Phobia Is Absolutely Ridiculous
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Full disclosure: I’m much, much more socially liberal than the average bear. I won’t get into specifics about certain policy positions – but let’s just say that I fail to see how a little lightening up could do anything but …