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Facebook Mistakes Woman's Elbow for Breast

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Photo was an 'alertness test' run by an online magazine.

Facebook likes to keep a lid on inappropriate content. Though it deals with an astronomical amount of user-generated content, the site tries to stay on top of things and remove anything offensive. However, it's not a perfect system, as Theories of The Deep Understanding of Things recently discovered. The site posted the picture below to Facebook to see if the site could differentiate between elbows and breasts. Apparently it can't.

 

"So, Here's last night's FB alertness test results: FB moderators can't tell an elbow from a dangerous, filthy, uncanny and violent female breast," the web magazine wrote on its own Facebook page. "No questions were asked and the post is down. Imagine our surprise."

While they might have a point regarding 'no questions were asked,' the picture is rather deceiving. Most of us here at Tom's assumed it was a woman in a bathtub flashing her breasts when only looking at the thumbnail. Upon closer inspection, we realised that they were elbows. Still, is it so much to ask that Facebook at least look at the photo in question properly before removing it? Facebook even revealed in a later email to the poster that it was a member of the team removed the 'offending' photo (as opposed to a system that removes content first and asks questions later). In the end, following extensive media coverage, the photo was restored.

"Dozens of our posts were removed and some of our personal accounts were blocked and even shut down due to "guidelines violations", but we have never received any letters such as this one here," the magazine wrote, posting a screenshot of Facebook's email. "It's nice to know that tons of media-exposure (from the Daily Mail to the The Huffington Post, from Nigeria to Portugal) can actually make FB be a little more sensible, or maybe a little more worried."

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    freggo , November 28, 2012 3:26 PM
    Uptight Americans... what can I say.
    In Europe nobody would care about a harmless bathtub photo; tit or no tit.
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    NuclearShadow , November 28, 2012 3:41 PM
    I am deeply offended that you would provide such a filthy picture in this article Jane.
    Have you no decency? A woman's elbows has no place in this website. What next bare ankles?

    On a serious note it may have been censored not due to the the mistaking of nudity but rather the elbow placement seems to (and obviously was meant to) make a suggestive pose as if it were. Of course regardless it's disappointing that we live in a society here in America that is so afraid of the human body that just the sight of a human breast spirals into the thoughts of sexual conduct. While we are also pure hypocrites that have a legal porn industry that makes billions each year.

    Hardcore pornography is somehow fine, (not that I have anything against such) yet a woman's bosom exposed in a completely nonsexual and natural manner is somehow terrible and causes people to get extremely upset. People should not be ashamed nor afraid of body parts.
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    Thunderfox , November 28, 2012 3:15 PM
    Still trying to figure out why it would be "inappropriate" even if they weren't elbows...
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  • 31 Hide
    Thunderfox , November 28, 2012 3:15 PM
    Still trying to figure out why it would be "inappropriate" even if they weren't elbows...
  • 13 Hide
    internetlad , November 28, 2012 3:16 PM
    Hey baby how you doi'. . . what the hell?
  • 35 Hide
    freggo , November 28, 2012 3:26 PM
    Uptight Americans... what can I say.
    In Europe nobody would care about a harmless bathtub photo; tit or no tit.
  • 34 Hide
    NuclearShadow , November 28, 2012 3:41 PM
    I am deeply offended that you would provide such a filthy picture in this article Jane.
    Have you no decency? A woman's elbows has no place in this website. What next bare ankles?

    On a serious note it may have been censored not due to the the mistaking of nudity but rather the elbow placement seems to (and obviously was meant to) make a suggestive pose as if it were. Of course regardless it's disappointing that we live in a society here in America that is so afraid of the human body that just the sight of a human breast spirals into the thoughts of sexual conduct. While we are also pure hypocrites that have a legal porn industry that makes billions each year.

    Hardcore pornography is somehow fine, (not that I have anything against such) yet a woman's bosom exposed in a completely nonsexual and natural manner is somehow terrible and causes people to get extremely upset. People should not be ashamed nor afraid of body parts.
  • 26 Hide
    azraa , November 28, 2012 3:54 PM
    Yeah, because boobs are trashy, perturbing and inapropriate.

    Oh, the hipocresy
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    NightLight , November 28, 2012 4:22 PM
    to be honest, cudos for the team to check each and every pic!
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    alidan , November 28, 2012 4:30 PM
    ThunderfoxStill trying to figure out why it would be "inappropriate" even if they weren't elbows...

    you arent from america than.

    see, loud morons decided that nudity was worse than watching a a guy have his head removed with a knife while being shot in the body to make sure you kill them good... than taking said body and playing with the physics of a shotgun blast for about a half hour while dismembering the corpse as much as humanly possible.

    see what i described above is an M game, full frontal nudity in a game, still skirts the line from M to AO in america.
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    dark_knight33 , November 28, 2012 4:35 PM
    I wonder if the woman in the photo thought her elbow resembled a boob when she put it up in the first place?

    Honestly, I couldn't care less about facebook, and even less about what they remove, but boobies... Well that'll get a click. I attribute that reflex to the oppression our society burdens women's breasts with. If I had my way, most boobs would never be forced to hide from the light of day. ;-)
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    headscratcher , November 28, 2012 4:41 PM
    freggoUptight Americans... what can I say.In Europe nobody would care about a harmless bathtub photo; tit or no tit.

    If you could catch a European chick actually taking a bath.
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    dozerman , November 28, 2012 4:50 PM
    I'm so sick of seeing these anti-American posts all over the Internet by Europeans. You people obviously have nothing to do with your lives.
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    MajinCry , November 28, 2012 5:04 PM
    Right-click -> Save as..
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    thillntn , November 28, 2012 5:08 PM
    Must be a slow News Day.
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    madjimms , November 28, 2012 5:13 PM
    dozermanI'm so sick of seeing these anti-American posts all over the Internet by Europeans. You people obviously have nothing to do with your lives.

    As an American I agree with the Europeans.
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    Anonymous , November 28, 2012 5:20 PM
    Those are the sexiest elbows I've ever seen :o  !!
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    kalogagatya , November 28, 2012 5:25 PM
    headscratcherIf you could catch a European chick actually taking a bath.


    Such a comment makes me wonder if you could catch a chick at all...
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    The_Trutherizer , November 28, 2012 5:42 PM
    Looks very much like a breast. What if it was a breast that looked like an elbow? Would they censor that?
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    warezme , November 28, 2012 6:11 PM
    Some humans mistake facebook for a life.
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