Take a deep breath. Here we go again.
The latest in a long line of questionable Facebook photo censorship cases involves a 40- year-old breast cancer survivor, Joanne Jackson, whose professional photographs, taken after she underwent a mastectomy, were removed for being “offensive.”
Jackson, a mother of two, had considered the photographs a symbol of empowerment and inspiration.
She said: ‘I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer.’It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after a mastectomy.’The images aren’t fluffy, they are real and I am very proud of them.’
Facebook, however, apparently considered the photographs suitable for banning under their nudity and pornography clause. Not long after Jackson posted the pics to her personal Facebook page, as well as on some Cancer survivor pages, she received a message from Facebook:
The message said: ‘Content you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.’Shares that contain nudity, pornography and graphic sexual content are not permitted on Facebook.’This serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account.’
According to the article, when Facebook was contacted for comment, a spokesperson said that while Facebook welcomes mastectomy photos,those that breach terms and conditions will be removed. This story comes right on the heels of another story in which Facebook disabled the site of a woman who posted photos of her baby who had died just eight hours after being born with anencephaly.
We’ve been through this before, as well, with numerous complaints about breast feeding photos being pulled–even children feeding their dollies. Facebook has guidelines and policies, obviously, and it relies on other users to report transgressions. What I don’t get is how seemingly arbitrary and subjective these photo removals and bannings are, some photos stay, some must go. Who is it deciding which photos get removed and which slide by and how is it all monitored.
Obviously, in the case of Joanne Jackson and in the case of Heather Walker and her tragic baby, the person in charge did not have the stomach for the more unpleasant realities of life. I personally think mastectomy photos can be powerful, beautiful, and artistic. And I’m sure they can do a lot to help anyone facing this kind of invasive surgery.
What if a bone cancer survivor/amputee posts a picture of their stump, bare of clothing? Is that nudity?
Should Facebook have banned these photos? Do you find these Facebook photo censorship stories random or is it just the reality of a social media world?
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