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 @ 4:27pm

    Re: Re: You don't get it!

    Hey I had refrained from calling you names but.................. I digress.

    Face book appeals to users of all ages
    The plain fact of the matter is that in many locations, it would be illegal for them to do so if they allowed the showing of nudity.

    Unless these women plan on changing laws or social norms with some sort of legal precedent. They are wasting there time. Nudity is nudity. I don't think you get it. I think I should be allowed to walk down the street naked in a non sexual and natural manner. But if I tried got arrested and then complained. guess what, I would be by definition a social misfit. So befor you get PISSED and reveal your emotional attachment to the issue, And your ignorance of both what was said and the meaning behind it. THINK


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