Facebook blocks Swiss newspaper for showing nude image

Oct 19, 2012
The Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve said it had its Facebook account blocked by the social networking giant after publishing an explicit image of a woman's genitals.

The Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve said Friday it had its Facebook account blocked by the social networking giant after publishing an explicit image of a woman's genitals.

In a bid to illustrate an article on cosmetic surgery, the newspaper ran an image taken from Gustave Courbet's 1886 oil painting "The Origin Of The World", which shows a reclining nude.

The newspaper, which described the article as "very serious", said that the image was deleted by only hours after it was published, and that the Californian firm had carried out online checks of the daily's IT administrators.

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PinkElephant
5 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
Stupid does as stupid is...
Sean_W
3.3 / 5 (7) Oct 19, 2012
It's pubic hair! If children and teens see that they are done for; you'd need to lock them up in a sanitarium for the rest of their lives. Cheers to Facebook for not letting young people be turned into psychotic twisted perverts by exposure to fuzzy, curly madness.
ValeriaT
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
The problem arises at the moment, when some limited group of people (Facebook admins or the people programming its banning robots) decides, what the rest of people should or shouldn't do. After all, physorg maintains such a robots too - the word "ae ther" works here in the same way, like the explicit nude at the Facebook).
Meyer
2.3 / 5 (3) Oct 19, 2012
That's why it is called Facebook and not Pussbook, or Baconbook for that matter.
PinkElephant
3.8 / 5 (4) Oct 19, 2012
That's why it is called Facebook and not Pussbook, or Baconbook for that matter.
Gee, yeah, it's not as if people routinely post photos (gasp!) of themselves and their surroundings to Facebook. After all, it's called Facebook and not Photobook. I mean, thank goodness, because who knows how many photos out there contain classical work of art involving human nudes, from paintings to sculpture to ancient greek amphoras, etc... Facebook exists in the universe of Facebookia, not in the actual reality of Realworldia. And for that, we are all grateful.
Meyer
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
That's why it is called Facebook and not Pussbook, or Baconbook for that matter.
Gee, yeah, it's not as if people routinely post photos (gasp!) of themselves and their surroundings to Facebook. After all, it's called Facebook and not Photobook. I mean, thank goodness, because who knows how many photos out there contain classical work of art involving human nudes, from paintings to sculpture to ancient greek amphoras, etc... Facebook exists in the universe of Facebookia, not in the actual reality of Realworldia. And for that, we are all grateful.

I think my intent was lost in transmission. Let me try again. I'm glad Facebook is finally filtering out the puss. I hate when I sign in to read my friends' insane political ramblings and instead meet with an endless stream of serious puss, ceiling puss, long puss, lime puss, monorail puss, cheezeburger puss, and bacon.
ValeriaT
3 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
The whole problem of censorship of the Internet can be solved very easily with implementation of individual filters. For example, if you don't like the ValeriaT (or whoever else) posts by now, you can only downvote him or to report him - until moderator will ban him (or just you instead). But you've no option to remove him from this forum at personal basis without affecting the other users: once and forever. You cannot export and import the black/white lists and share them with other users. That is to say, the users of the contemporary web are handled like the legally incapable children, who aren't able to decide without moderator, which is good for them and what not. Technologically it's no problem to implement such a personalization at all and it would even eliminate lotta traffic and data download. The primary reason of the absence of such feature is, the administrators of the web actually do afraid of direct democracy and freedom of their users/customers.
christ_jan
3 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
I am sure this post might get deleted because people areprude andneed to be protected from vile imagary, dont let these people go to to japan they will die from nosebleeds.

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VendicarD
1 / 5 (1) Oct 19, 2012

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PinkElephant
not rated yet Oct 19, 2012
I can't believe it, but I'm in almost complete agreement with ValeriaT, for once (except for the part where he/she speculates as to the motivations of web admins and/or app/system designers -- I tend to think it's just laziness and/or bean-counting.)
BSD
2 / 5 (4) Oct 20, 2012
Typical American prudishness, but it's ok to allow violent images and hate speech. =/ ????
ValeriaT
1 / 5 (1) Oct 20, 2012
I tend to think it's just laziness and/or bean-counting
The ignorance of cold fusion could be interpreted like the laziness of scientists too, but it doesn't explain their diligence in another areas. I do presume, we are dealing with "dark matter" effects instead, i.e. with facts which arise from negativism of people rather than absence of positive approach. You don't realize, some people simply love the power and to control another people: this tendency begins with abusing of anonymous voting systems.
ShotmanMaslo
5 / 5 (3) Oct 20, 2012
A naked woman? Oh, the horror..

A world would not be any worse off if we were all nudists.
A2G
4 / 5 (4) Oct 20, 2012
Those damn Swiss. It is always about the holes. Just look at their cheese.
EBENEZR
1 / 5 (1) Oct 22, 2012
This isn't explicit in the slightest, it's just an angle chosen by the painter. If there was a conscious act (sexual involvement) then there could be a basis for questioning whether the Swiss newspaper was just throwing up porn, but in this case it is not porn but to a minority of individuals.

Not really sure what this philosophical matter is doing on physorg, though.
antialias_physorg
5 / 5 (2) Oct 22, 2012
A naked woman? Oh, the horror..

Then just replace it with the picture of someone shooting someone else in the head. That seems to be perfectly acceptable (and will probably garner a load of 'likes')