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.

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    Jason, 30 Dec 2008 @ 4:12pm

    Re: Really here....

    You don't get it.

    It has nothing to do with where on the woman's breast the line is drawn. The point is they're calling motherly nurturing, nourishment, and affection an obscentity!!!

    I agree that airbrushed pics of women in lingerie showing their breasts (and practically everything else) is obscene. It's OBVIOUSLY INTENDED to sexually entice perverts.

    I think it's ABSURD that a woman cuddling her infant against her bare breast is lumped into the same category. Do I think legal action should be taken? No. Do I agree with those women who quietly (honestly some just posted a monochrome vector graphic icon) protested because Facebook's mindless policy essentially called them all whores? Hell yes!

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