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 @ 4:48pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: You don't get it!

    ahhhh, you have entered the realm of rules which you previously said wasn't the issue. I give you chance to rewrite that last point if you wish.


    They are being snubbed for blatantly ignoring the rules site, in the same manner I would be arrested for blatantly ignoring the rules of law. the fact that it could be shown on pbs changes nothing. It could not be shown in many other fourms which is neither here nor there. Facebook crafted there rules based on exsiting social norms. No nipples. they blatantly ignored, got snubed, then complained, and thus are social misfits. And incase you wish to argue this point

    the difinition is and I quote
    One who is unable to adjust to one's environment or circumstances or is considered to be disturbingly different from others.

    they are not this for breastfeeding, or breastfeeding in public, or even for showing nipples. but for as you put it blatantly ignoring the perfectly normal rules put forth by a fsight.

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