f u Facebook – aka Updates, Censoring and Plans Moving Forward

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It’s been such a busy summer that it’s been difficult to keep up. As many of you know, apart from my full time day job, I am also the staff photographer at Scotia Speedworld and the Maritime Pro Stock Tour stock car racing series, which takes me all over Atlantic Canada for 16 weekends through the summer from Victoria Day Weekend until around the middle of September. So I only have a very limited selection of dates for client sessions during this part of the year. With racing winding down over the next few weeks I also have several client sessions booked around these race dates, so right now I’m hoping the next few weekends consist of great weather so I don’t have to start juggling backup photographers for races so I can keep to my committed client schedule. Fingers crossed!

That said, I am going to do my very best to update the site a little more regularly and our Instagram at the same time. We’ve moved a little away from our Facebook page but it continues to be a great way to reach out and message us with any questions you might have about our work or about booking a no obligation consultation or session. The biggest reason we are moving away from Facebook is their policy when it comes to “Community Standards” and people reporting images, which leads to ever increasing bans from their platform. We recently received a 7 day ban, which turned into a 9 day ban after  we appealed for posting this photo, at right, featuring Laura.

Censoring Example

Facebook community standards clearly state, in regards to nudity that images must not contain genitalia, female nipples (unless breastfeeding) or up close buttocks unless photoshopped onto a political figure. I mean, really? Who thinks this stuff up? You can read the *entire* policy on nudity on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/adult_nudity_sexual_activity

So, the female nipples were photoshopped out in a way that didn’t place an ugly censorship bar across the image and there are no genitalia or buttocks visible. But one of their bots got us and we received a 7-day ban. It was 7-days because I have previously received 5, 3 and 1 day bans for similar “transgressions” against their policy. I appealed the ban. To do this, you get to click on a button in the notification. You cannot say anything, you cannot email anyone, all you can do is click the “Appeal” button. Two days later, I received a message from Facebook saying the image contained sexual content and the removal and ban was to be upheld for 7 days. It doesn’t count the appeal time, so I ended up with a 9 day ban because I chose to argue the point. 🙁

Brittany Beach Shot - BannedThis is the image I received a 5 day ban for last time. When I received the notification, of course, I appealed, and 24 hours later received a notice saying “We’re sorry. Sometimes we get it wrong” and was reinstated. About an hour later, the image was flagged *again* and this time the appeal was unsuccessful and I was banned for 5 days. 

I’m not trying to change their policies and I doubt mere mortals like us could even get their attention, but if *this* image contains “sexual activity” then they have a much broader definition than we do here at Elegant Boudoir.  I just wish it was *consistent* when applied.

Now, Facebook can enforce their rules however they want. It’s their platform and we get to use it for free. So we have no choice but to live by their rules. I can live without Facebook for 9 days. Actually, it was great not having my phone in my hand or sitting in front of the computer for an hour in the morning. That part was actually kind of nice. 

Except the ban also includes Messenger. My clients use messenger to reach me and while under a ban, I have no access to *any* of Facebook’s messaging functions. Yikes!! That hurt.

So, I have added a second page admin, my daughter Courtney, who will be able to reply to messages left at our page should I be banned and not able to reply myself. I’ll call that a learning experience. A hard one and because of that, I’ll only be posting in a limited basis on Facebook moving forward. The next level of ban is 30-days and that’s just too much to risk. So please keep this in mind and if you don’t follow us on Instagram, why not? Visit https://www.instagram.com/Elegant_Boudoir and click Follow. It’s easy. 🙂

So, moving forward, it is my plan to post at least one new post a week and I hope you will find the posts entertaining and that you will let us know what you think by commenting, here or on Instagram. I’m going to try to be consistent and post on Sunday mornings, but that all depends on how the races go on Saturday. 😉

f u Facebook – aka Updates, Censoring and Plans Moving Forward
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