There are many reasons why people out there dislike one of the most popular social networking sites in the world: Facebook. Some hate their privacy settings (or lack of making them easily accessible), some hate their constant change of layout and style while others just hate the idea of having your classmates from yesterday being able to creep all up on your business. While I don’t like to throw the word hate around, there is one thing I despise about Facebook and that is when they remove photos that don’t need to be removed. This has happened previously when a gay kiss photo was removed from Facebook due to certain violations of terms.
This time, some gay kissing is the subject of Facebook’s removal once again. In celebration of New York receiving the rights to gay marriage, a photo was placed on Facebook to celebrate. The photo read Victory In New York (as pictured above) and featured two sailors kissing. The two sailors are from David LaChapelle’s famous photo used in a Diesel ad campaign. The photo also paid tribute to the historical V-J Day. As 100′s of people began to “Like” the photo on the site, it mysteriously disappeared and the user received the following message from Facebook stating the photo had been removed because it held:
“content that is pornographic or contains nudity, or is inappropriately sexual.”
Right. So I am missing the part where anything about this photo is pornographic, contains nudity or is in any way inappropriately sexual. ARE YOU NUTS FACEBOOK? I have seen photos on Facebook way more pornographic than this grace the site yet they still remain. Needless to say, multiple users of the site obviously sent a multitude of emails to the site to explain themselves as to why the photo was removed.
“Upon investigation, we concluded the photo does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience. “
Wow, I can’t believe that Facebook thought that removing this photo which seemed to be based on two male sailors kissing, seems a bit more than inconvenient to me. While the moderation and removal of the photo may have been computed without human interaction, do you think that closer measures should be taken to make sure these mistakes aren’t made and actual offensive photos are removed? Sound off in the comments below.