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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    Jason, 30 Dec 2008 @ 3:52pm

    Re: Again Jason

    Of course there are. Like I said it's prompted by complaints. It's not like Facebook has a nipplebot. I've seen completely nipple-less photos deleted and I've seen plenty of others not deleted. But it happens and people are pissed and they voiced their opinion to Facebook.

    They haven't sued, they haven't flung Molotov cocktails, they just said, "Hey we don't like this, and we'd like you to change your policy."

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