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Mom faces lifetime Facebook ban for daughter's bare bottom: Facebook denies ban

Mom faces lifetime Facebook ban for Coppertone ad-like picture of her daughter.
Mom faces lifetime Facebook ban for Coppertone ad-like picture of her daughter.
Facebook/ Jill White Photography

A mom is banned from Facebook for what the social media giant has deemed child pornography pictures posted on her site. The picture in question was to pay homage to the old Coppertone ad when the little girl’s bathing suit is pulled down in the back exposing a tan line and part of her backside.

Facebook released a statement saying that this mom is not facing lifetime Facebook ban over this. An official states that "an account must have multiple reported pieces of content deleted before they disable a Facebook account without the possibility of it being reactivated," according to WTSP News on July 7.

The mom, Jill White, who is also a professional photographer, took this photo of her 2-year-old daughter, Willa, as her Willa's little friend pulls down the bottom of her bathing suit. The picture, which many are deeming “adorable” today, was taken down by Facebook and a 24-hour ban on her Facebook page was put in place after the mom ignored the request to take down the picture, according to Opposing Views.

White posted the picture on the Coppertone Facebook page originally as a throw-back to their iconic Coppertone ad. This was done at the insistence of her friend, who is the mother of the other little girl in the picture because it was such a cute modern rendition of the famous ad.

Once the page ban was lifted, White posted the picture again, but this time she put a smiley face over the exposed area of her daughter’s backside, but Facebook informed her that there was yet another complaint lodged against the picture, reports Mail Online.

This time Facebook said they are reviewing the picture for “nudity and pornography,” said White. If Facebook finds that this picture falls under their criteria for “nudity or pornography” then she is facing a lifetime ban from the social network, which is what the headlines read over the weekend. Facebook is saying today that the mom is not in danger of being banned from Facebook for her lifetime and she never was.

All you baby boomers out there must remember the iconic Coppertone ad where a little dog is pulling a toddler’s bathing suit down in the back exposing the little girl’s tan line and her rear end. The ad ran for decades, but first came out in 1953. While White was at the beach with her daughter and a friend, she thought it would be fun to recreate the ad as a bit of nostalgia.

White said that when she first received the Facebook notice to take down the picture, she ignored it because there was no way that this picture would fall under the criteria that would deem it nudity or pornography. She said if you read the term and conditions, you will see that this picture does not fit the criteria for a picture considered unacceptable.

Facebook saw the bare bottomed toddler as a picture that did not fit the criteria for an acceptable picture and when White ignored their request to take it down, Facebook did it for her. She said she ignored the picture believing that Facebook wouldn't take it down once reviewing the content the first time.

A Facebook spokesperson said that the picture was not removed because it was considered pornography, but because her daughter’s rear end was exposed. Exposing the backside of anyone, child or adult, is against Facebook rules. It is hard to “put in place a set of universal guidelines that respects the view of a wide range of people.” Over 1 billion people use Facebook, so a blanket policy is bound to have people that appear to be the exception to the rule.

Dealing with each complaint on an individual basis is impossible with 1 billion users, so you have to abide by the policy. In this case it appears there are two separate camps making comments on the photo. You have the people who made the complaint thinking the picture is unacceptable nudity and the people who see nothing at all wrong with this cute picture.

One thing for sure, this mom has gotten a lot of publicity for her photography business. What this boils down to is that Facebook doesn't allow anyone to post pictures that show a bare backside. This picture, no matter how innocent and adorable it is, does have a bare backside. The blanket policy doesn't seem fair, but it is fair if Facebook makes everyone abide by the same rules, which it appears to do.

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