Breast-Feeding Photo Brouhaha Shows How Impossible It Is To Rate Websites

from the mission-impossible dept

Just after the UK's culture minister, Andy Burnham, announced that he thinks all websites can and should be rated, comes a story that highlights what a ridiculous suggestion it is to say that you can simply classify all websites. Facebook is facing a bit of a backlash after the company started banning some photos of women breast-feeding as being inappropriate. Basically, Facebook has been making its own judgment on which of those photos are "obscene" and which are fine -- and it's pissing off a bunch of moms whose photos have been deleted. And, of course, this is just one simple example. Thinking that there's some sort of single objective measure by which all sites (or content) can be rated is so wrong it's hard to believe that someone thinking such a thing was possible could hold down a serious job, let alone elected office.

Filed Under: andy burnham, breast feeding, indecent content, ratings
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  1. identicon
    Jason, 30 Dec 2008 @ 5:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: No it dosn't

    - PBS - PUBLIC Broadcasting System. It's about as public as you get.

    - Penis lengthing -> probably slipped past because no one (except the misfits) sat around to check that one out.

    - Elephantitis - blink, blink, um alright

    - foreign obscenities, happens all the time and is generally accepted in traditional media as well, esp british obscenities

    - giving birth in public is also legal (seriously, what the hell you gonna do?)

    - nude rain dances/hunt in the nude/penis lengthening - extremely very context specific, also has been done in traditional media, and so far seems to support my point

    So far you are not arguing against me, did you know that?

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