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
Companies: facebook


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    usmcdvldg, 30 Dec 2008 @ 1:29pm

    Face book fare

    To be fare, Facebook has expressed the reason why these photos were removed and others have not. There terms of service specifically state that breast revealing nipples or aureoles won't be allowed, which seems like a fare and distinct line to draw. If these mothers can't get over that then they should show there discontent by not using Facebook. But minus that IMHO they should stop whining and take the extra five minutes out of there day to take a Pic that doesn't expose nipple.

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