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Was Facebook right to take down this picture?

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM
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Question: Was this photo inappropriate?

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Yes. No one should be taking pics of a child's privates.

No but I think it is inappropriate to post online

Not at all. I think it's cute. FB needs to re-evaluate it's policies.


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Total Votes: 30

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Facebook removes mom's photo of 2-year-old daughter's bare bottom

July 6, 2014 at 11:12 PM ET

A mom who tried to recreate a famous Coppertone ad with a picture of her 2-year-old daughter's exposed bottom at the beach ended up on the wrong side of Facebook's decency terms.

Video: A photographer took a photo of her 2-year-old daughter in which the bottom half of the child’s bathing suit was tugged down by another child, recalling a vintage advertisement. Facebook took down what the mom thought was an innocent image. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports. In a poll, 81 percent of TODAY viewers said the photo shouldn’t have been removed. Tamron Hall reports from the Orange Room.

Jill White, a photographer from Hickory, North Carolina, posted a photo on Coppertone's Facebook page showing her daughter's bathing suit being pulled down by a young friend. In the Coppertone ad from 1953, a dog tugs at a girl's suit and exposes her tan lines.

White told TODAY that she thought her image was a cute recreation. 

"At that moment me and her mother looked at each other and just immediately said, 'Coppertone ad!'" 

Someone reported the photo and White heard from Facebook. She disagreed that it "fit the criteria of nudity or pornography" and ignored Facebook's request to change the settings on her account or take down the photo. White ended up being banned from the social media site for 24 hours.

Should mom's Coppertone photo have been removed by Facebook?

Yes. The nudity was inappropriate.19%No. It was cute and harmless.81%

Total Votes:72,671



Over the holiday weekend, White addressed the controversy several times.When White was able to get back into her account, she re-posted her image, this time with a smiley-face emoji to hide her daughter's backside. Facebook has not taken this image down.

"It is hard being a photographer to change your privacy settings to FRIENDS ONLY so I have to be a PUBLIC person," White wrote. "I am not ashamed in anyway of WHO I AM or what I do. I will continue to post and be the person I know I am. I will not let anyone get the best of me and I will always fight for what I believe in."

Jill White
TODAY
Jill White, whose photo stirred debate, said the photo she posted was "innocent."

White told TODAY that she still thinks the reaction to the photo was blown out of proportion.

"If Facebook can ban an innocent childhood picture, I would love for them to take a look at everything else on their page that comes through my feeds daily," she said.

For its part, Facebook defended the guidelines it has in place.

"It is hard. With over 1 billion people using Facebook we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people," a Facebook spokesperson said. "These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for everyone on Facebook."

Do you think Facebook was right to remove White's original photograph? Weigh in with our survey.

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by on Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:51 PM
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One.and.Done
by New Member on Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:54 PM
Nudity is nudity, no matter the age or part. They have rules and she broke them. I wouldn't post photos like that on the internet if I took them; keep them private, ffs.
paganbaby
by Chesty La Rue on Jul. 17, 2014 at 11:57 PM

You don't see a differce between a naked todder in the bath and a naked 16yo in the bath?

Quoting One.and.Done: Nudity is nudity, no matter the age or part. They have rules and she broke them. I wouldn't post photos like that on the internet if I took them; keep them private, ffs.




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One.and.Done
by New Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:00 AM
Look, I know who you are and what you're like, so I understand why you can't comprehend my statements..however, you really need to try.

Quoting paganbaby:

You don't see a differce between a naked todder in the bath and a naked 16yo in the bath?

Quoting One.and.Done: Nudity is nudity, no matter the age or part. They have rules and she broke them. I wouldn't post photos like that on the internet if I took them; keep them private, ffs.

paganbaby
by Chesty La Rue on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:07 AM

First let me say, I'm flattered :-)

Secondly, I'm just reiterating your very own statement. Either nudity is nudity no matter what age or age does make a difference when taking nude pics.

Quoting One.and.Done: Look, I know who you are and what you're like, so I understand why you can't comprehend my statements..however, you really need to try.
Quoting paganbaby:

You don't see a differce between a naked todder in the bath and a naked 16yo in the bath?

Quoting One.and.Done: Nudity is nudity, no matter the age or part. They have rules and she broke them. I wouldn't post photos like that on the internet if I took them; keep them private, ffs.




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














cjsmom1
by Silver Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:54 AM

I don't have a problem with the photo, but I don't think it belongs online. I have photos of ds in the bath and posting them online never came to mind.

Noni2319
by Chrissy on Jul. 18, 2014 at 5:18 AM

I don't really think it should be shared online, but it's not that big a deal. 

mysticalmalissa
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 5:28 AM
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I think our world is totally screwed if someone had/has an issue with a pic like that.

EireLass
by Bronze Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 8:59 AM
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But they're not consistent. I have a lot of nude photos on my FB. I'm a photographer. 

Quoting One.and.Done: Nudity is nudity, no matter the age or part. They have rules and she broke them. I wouldn't post photos like that on the internet if I took them; keep them private, ffs.

 

cc5112
by Member on Jul. 18, 2014 at 9:06 AM

While I agree with the mom that ten  pic is innocent and whimsy, I do not think it belongs online with anyone to view. I do believe there is definitely a difference in the types of nudity and context. However, there are predators out there who get off on pics like this and the idea that one or many of them would have accees to an innocent pic of this or any child because a mom innocently tried to share it, is disturbing. Whether Facebook is consistent in its implementation of this nudity policy is neither here or there. 

LeapBaby123
by Kathleen on Jul. 18, 2014 at 12:08 PM
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I do think this picture is harmless and innocent. But, for the privacy of my children, I wouldn't share a picture like that online.
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