Censorship or Double Standard?
I knew that Facebook censored certain pictures and posts, but I never realized how involved it actually was. One of the sites I follow (www.facebook.com/MichaelStokesPhotography ) posted this picture of Alex Minsky, a Marine war veteran turned fitness model. Now I think this is a great picture. But then I’m just sitting here drooling and not really able to think all that well at the moment. But, someone complained and Michael Stokes was banned from Facebook for three days. In response over 4,000 people/sites reposted the picture. (PS – he’s not really naked, he is holding an athletic cup over his…uh, you know)
Again, someone reported it for containing nudity or pornography. Really? It wasn’t removed by Facebook, but they sent Stokes a notice that it had been reported. He posted that notice on his Facebook page and Facebook responded to that by banning him for 30 days.
Because of the outrage from his fan base, the ban was rescinded a few days later.
Now, you can go to the following sites and see all kinds of hunkalicious, hunkadorable, delectablelicious guys. The original site www.facebook.com/OfficialFSOS (that stands for Fifty Shades of Sexy) is currently on suspension for a post somebody didn’t like. But the spinoff sites are up and running.
Apparently these sites get all kinds of reports for nudity, pornography, and just plain being offensive. They are all sites that feature good looking men…and not just professional models. No, there’s military, firemen, law enforcement, cowboys, bikers. Basically any male eye candy. But if you don’t like it…don’t look at it. Let me put that another way. DON’T LOOK AT IT IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT.
I find the picture of that female derriere highly disturbing…and offensive…and just plain disgusting. It’s not even artistically attractive. But that’s just my opinion. And the female below…just barely short of pornographic. Double standard I say. Again just my opinion.
This blog www.theinternetoffendsme.wordpress.com/ recently posted the following:
The Real Story Behind Facebook Moderation and Your Petty Reports
In this blog the author, apparently someone employed by Facebook to review complaints, talks about all the complaints and how they are handled. Facebook boasts 1.5 billion users total. They actually have 1.2 billion active users who log in nearly every day. That’s 1,200,000,000 – one billion, two hundred million – every day. I’m surprised the whole system doesn’t crash every few minutes. And out of all those users, they get 250,000 (yes that’s two hundred fifty thousand) complaints every hour. Every hour… that’s six million complaints every day…every day. And Facebook employs over 100,000 people, mostly foreign workers, to sift through those complaints. At least 80% of the complaints are from people who just didn’t like something, i.e. they were “offended.” Read some of the typical reports below:
I don’t believe in this coin. It goes against what I believe in.
I saw this feed and do not approve, please take it off.
Can you remove this picture, I don’t like it.
This is not true, my God would never let this happen.
Damn, don’t people have anything better to do? The person who writes the blog also has a Facebook page www.facebook.com/TheInternetOffendsMe . I’m surprised that doesn’t get banned.
But I will leave y’all with this – hope I don’t get banned.
If I rope him, can I keep him…?