A Hickory mother's recreation of the iconic Coppertone ad, where a dog is pulling at the bathing suit of little girl on the beach, was recently banned from Facebook. Jill White of Hickory said she snapped a similar shot of her two-year-old daughter and a friend in Myrtle Beach last week, "me and her mother both were like 'oh my gosh, it's the Coppertone ad!'"
White posted the photo on Facebook and just a few hours later, she was notified that it had to be taken down. "Somebody had reported it for pornography and nudity and they sent me the notice and there was a button to delete it and I wasn't deleting it because I did not find that it was pornographic," she explained. That refusal led to a 24-hour ban from the site, while Facebook deleted the content. Facebook explained it didn't find the photo pornographic, but it takes no chances with child nudity and could not confirm the relationship between the photographer and the girl, was in fact mother and daughter.
In a statement Facebook said, "It is hard. With over 1 billion people using Facebook we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people. These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for everyone on Facebook.”
White said she understood the argument but doesn't feel the site "Friends and I scoured Facebook at that point because we see pictures everyday that pop up on our newsfeeds that are just horrible, adult things." White said those remain while her photo has been banned. "There's not a fair balance for photographers and mother's posting photos of their children, innocent photos compared to photos that are suggestive of sexual behavior and promoting that sexual behavior."
White has reuploaded the original beach photo, but she added a kissing emoji to cover her daughter's bottom. "The kiss was kind of kiss my buttocks," White said with a laugh.
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