Facebook Took Down This Picture Because It Was Too Demeaning

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Facebook, which recently took down the elbow boobs picture, also took down this picture by men's magazine Zoo Weekly. The crass post asks Facebook users if they're a boobs or butt guy, with a "clever" picture.


The reason the picture was taken down, as explained by Australia's ad watchdog, the Advertising Standards Bureau:

"The image, disturbing nature of having a disembodied woman and the offensive, clearly sexist and even abusive nature of some responses on a page being used to advertise this product should not be allowed. Both the pictures, the questions that are posed and the responses are regularly demeaning and unacceptable to women. Women are objectified and sexualised."


Which is true! But Zoo argues that because the Facebook post was 'editorial' material and not advertising, Facebook shouldn't have a right to take down the post. Which is also true! Taking a look at Zoo's Facebook page, every single post is demeaning to women. It's their shtick. So why single one picture—even if its awfully demeaning—out? [BuzzFeed]

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This is completely ridiculous. Facebook should have no authority at all as to what appears on any ones page. It is OUR page to do with what we want. Other people don't have to follow our page or like our pages. They are not required to see our posts on their threads and dashboards. If they don't want to see a post they can unlike the page or even unfollow so it doesn't appear. It is absurd for Facebook to take that choice completely away and exerting authority. So Facebook owns their site, that doesn't mean they should control everything we do on our public pages.