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 @ 4:56pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: No it dosn't

    No its not about context, there just happen to be different rules for different places.

    Guess what, many people find exposed nipples to be an obscenity. what do you not get about this. you can do many things on pbs you can't do in public or face book, let me list some of them.

    defecate in full view un obstructed.
    give birth
    perform nude rain dances
    hunt in the nude
    scream obscenities in a foreign tongue
    perform penis lengthening with a stick( yes i've seen this done on pbs)
    show a man with elephantiasis of the testicles wheel them around with a wheelbarrow, (yep saw that too)

    I say you should, facebook would die without advertisement, and finding high quality reputable advertisers that support that sort of thing would actually help this silly cause, as apposed to complaining.

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