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Facebook Nudity & Porn

I came across the picture of three women dressed in some unusual and revealing bathing suits. This seemed inappropriate for the family environment that uses the Facebook social media platform, thus I submitted the image for review. Facebook said the image did not violate their community standards. Confusing!

[Facebook Staff wrote, 9.22.16] Thanks for your feedback
Thanks for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We reviewed the post you reported for displaying nudity and found it doesn't violate our Community Standards. Please let us know if you see anything else that concerns you. We want to keep Facebook safe and welcoming for everyone.

What is Facebook's Community Standard?
We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks. We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but we always allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring. We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures. Restrictions on the display of both nudity and sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes. Explicit images of sexual intercourse are prohibited. Descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail may also be removed.


Facebook claims to ban, block and remove porn. I logged in to find these images on my "home" page. I did not know the sender. This is what YOUR kids are seeing.


Here is an example of a porn one sees simply scrolling the Facebook Newsfeed. The User is "offered" to click on a possible friend account. See "Niyak Bnat" on left. In this case, it is a porn page:

Anyone curious can easily click the link to find the Home page of the porn. Facebook's negligence to police their community poisons your children.


Related Controversy
Facebook recently blocked the iconic image of a young Vietnamese girl running from a napalm bombing. She was burned over most of her body. Due to public outrage, Facebook released their block. The New York Times pointed out this "raised questions about the company's role in what can be published."