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Published:July 8th, 2010 12:54 EST

Porcelain Doll's Nipples Too Hot For Facebook Censors

By Robert Paul Reyes


"Facebook`s prude police are out in force yet again, this time threatening action against a Sydney jeweler for posting pictures of an exquisite nude porcelain doll posing with her works.


Victoria Buckley, who owns a high-end jewelry store in the Strand Arcade on George Street, has long used dolls as inspiration for her pieces and hasn`t had one complaint about the A3 posters of the nudes in her shop window.

But over the weekend she received six warnings from Facebook saying the pictures of the doll, which show little more than nipples, constituted `inappropriate content` and breached the site`s terms of service. Read More

The Internet is a bastion of freedom and democracy in an increasingly authoritarian world where our every action is monitored and recorded and our every word is parsed and investigated.

We must fight every attempt to censor the content that`s posted online. Facebook has a history of censorship, about a year ago the social networking site banned photographs of women breastfeeding their children, labeling these natural and wholesome images "obscene content."

The Facebook censors have got their crotchless panties in a twist over an image of a topless doll. I don`t know whether to seethe with rage or burst out laughing.

Western Civilization isn`t going to go the way of the Roman Empire if Facebook allows an image of a topless doll to remain on its site.

I must stress that this isn`t an image of a sex doll with a gaping mouth and huge nipples; it`s an image of an expensive porcelain doll, for god`s sake.

Facebook needs to do a better job of blocking pedophiles from Facebook, and stop worrying about harmless images.

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