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Has Facebook's Anti-Nudity Policy Gone Too Far?

After angering mothers everywhere by banning photos of breastfeeding and prohibiting a cancer survivor’s photos of her mastectomy scars to raise breast cancer awareness citing “inappropriate content,” Facebook has now deleted pictures of naked dolls. Victoria Buckley, who owns a high-end jewelry store in Australia, was told by Facebook that posting photographs of the dolls on her fan page breach the site’s terms of service. The dolls in question are designed by Marina Bychkova of Enchanted Doll, based in Canada. Made of porcelain, the dolls sell from $5000 to $45,000, which is the price one recently sold for on eBay. There can be a two- to three-year wait for those who want to buy one.

Buckley has appealed to Facebook but has not yet received a response. She censored the images of the dolls on her Facebook fan page but has posted the uncensored versions in a new group called “Save Ophelia-exquisite doll censored by Facebook” to gauge response to the new group before deciding whether to put the dolls back on her original page.

Buckley had also posted the photographs on Flickr, where they were also removed.

Click here to read more, watch a video and vote whether or not you think the dolls constitute “inappropriate content.”

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3 Responses to Has Facebook's Anti-Nudity Policy Gone Too Far?

  1. Robert Perrin says:

    If I’m not mistaken, Facebook is an American site.
    What Facebook needs to realize is that the Internet goes worldwide, and that other countries in the world do not share the same views as the US.

  2. Lester Hemphill says:

    I considered posting an entry into my Facebook account, mentioning that July 10 I will participate in the record breaking skinny dip. But I decided to play it safe and NOT post it, because of their anti-nudity policy.

  3. Gary says:

    Interesting. But, I have 2 things to comment on…
    1) I only do Twitter.
    2) I have a Flickr group concerning nudity ( that’s private. So if you CAN’T log on to see it, I don’t know what else to tell you.
    Naked DOLLS are obscene now on Facebook? Do the words “anal-retentive” mean anything?

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