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 @ 3:57pm

    You don't get it!

    Look at the web site I posted above. I would never go into your house and tell your wife to do anything. I would never think of interrupting your wife "minus an emergency" while she was nursing in public. These are rights she has. Natural and lawful. Your wife is doing a natural and beautiful thing when she nurses. IMO But guess what, that's all it is, my opinion. And Facebook has the right to sensor the content in there "house", if you or your wife doesn't like it, they can kick her out, In the same manner that I could kick her out of my house for breastfeeding there, although I NEVER would!

    I think its silly and retarded that we have banned breasts. But as a society we have, its an accepted norm. Challenging face book won't help that. A lawsuit might acually change the norm and produce somthing positive. But these women are just social misfits that would rather complain than imporve the situation.

    Also, if her day was calm enough to upload a photo to face book, its calm enough "to cover up a couple of millimeters of aureole so she can take a picture of her baby." as you put it.

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