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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  1. identicon
    usmcdvldg, 30 Dec 2008 @ 4:19pm

    Re: Re: Really here....

    1. Is the naked human body an obscenity?? There is no difference between breastfeeding and the nude human form. If that is the point you are arguing then all non explicitly sexual nudity is to be allowed and all femine nudity that includes a mother nursing is to be allowed. Guess what, Unless stricking and far reach changes are made to our society, A line must be drawn.

    2. Facebook did not call them all whores, they quite plainly said before the users sight was allowed upt that
    1. many people find nipples ofensive, and wish there children not to see them.
    2. don't post pictures with nipples

    and You might also find it interesting that they went out of there way to try to find a traditional meda company that would accept an ad with a breastfeeding women with nipple shown. they did not find one. I would be iligal and cuase public outcry in many places

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