'Offensive' Mastectomy Photos Banned in Another Facebook Fail

Another day, another infuriating account of Facebook causing all sorts of personal offense with their questionable photo policy. I'm still reeling from the story of how Facebook deleted pictures of a mom's dying baby boy, and the latest is that the social media giant has banned a British woman's topless photos.

I know what you're thinking: Topless photos? That's nudity! Well, is it still nudity if it doesn't show a breast? Because this mom of two shared a photo session that was meant to commemorate having won her battle with breast cancer after having a mastectomy.

In other words, Joanne Jackson may be topless in some of the images—but the photos are hardly X-rated. They show a triumphant, courageously strong woman sharing her scar with the world.


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Jackson, 40, discovered a lump in her breast last year, and learned that she had two types of cancer. After her mastectomy, a professional photographer offered her the chance to pose for the camera, and she was thrilled to do so to show that cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence and "there is life after a mastectomy":

There is nothing pornographic or explicit about these pictures. That was not the idea at all. I took breast cancer and the mastectomy in my stride and decided it wasn't going to stop me living my life. It wasn't going to define who I was, and it didn't make me any less attractive as a woman. (...) these pictures weren't as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer. The images aren't fluffy, they are real and I am very proud of them.

Jackson posted the images in her own Facebook album and on pages for various cancer organizations, and unfortunately, someone reported the photos for being offensive. After Facebook reviewed the images, they agreed that the images weren't appropriate, and sent Jackson the following message:

Content you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity, pornography and graphic sexual content are not permitted on Facebook. This serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account.

So far, Facebook hasn't backed down from banning the images (a spokesperson said Facebook welcomed mastectomy pictures but that some images may breach regulations), although Jackson's friends have been doing their best to re-post the images as much as possible.

Personally, I think the images are powerful and inspirational and I have a hard time understanding why anyone would have flagged them in the first place. I don't know how Facebook defines nudity, but it's too bad they can't look past the fact that Jackson's skin is exposed to see the amazing message she's sending to the world.

What do you think about these photos—do you think they should have been banned?

Image via Twitter

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