USERS FIGHT BACK
After squelching a photo of a breast cancer survivor’s chest tattoo by Tina Bafaro, as featured in Margot Miflin’s new book, “Bodies of Subversion,” the Thought Police at Facebook finally relented and let this fabulous example of a women’s courage to remain on the site. Here’s the details as reported on UPI.com:
In a move criticized by many, Facebook removed a photo of a breast cancer survivor’s large chest tattoo, citing a violation of its strict nudity policy, UPI reports.
However, the social networking site has since backtracked on its decision, allowing the photo to stay on the Custom Tattoo Design’s Facebook page.
In an email to The Huffington Post, Fred Wolens of Facebook Policy Communications explained the move, writing “Mastectomy photos don’t violate our content standards and are permitted on the site.”
The announcement comes after Lee Roller of the Ontario-based Custom Tattoo Design — the photo’s original poster — reposted the striking image and asked other users to share the photo.
The photo of Inga Duncan Thornell, a breast cancer survivor who underwent a mastectomy, was borrowed from the book Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo.
In the past, Facebook has swiftly removed photos said to be in violation of its community standards. In February, four breastfeeding photos were pulled from a “Respect the Breast” community page. More recently, in November, Facebook also censored a photo of an elbow that resembled a woman’s breast within 24 hours of its posting.