Facebook, the popular social networking site, has recently been in the hot seat for the removal of a photo. The photo was of two men kissing and was on a page protesting an act of discrimination in London. After Facebook got the negative responses from users, the picture shortly was placed back up on the social networking site.
Why did they even feel the right to remove it in the first place? The statement released from facebook for reasoning of why the photo was removed read “Shares that contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content, are not permitted on Facebook.” After they had realized what an uproar the removal of the photo had made and they put it back on the page they released a statement explaining the removal was just an “error”
“The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error.”
Although they quickly fixed the mistake, it did not go unnoticed by users. I am glad that they realized that they needed to rethink their decision of removal of the photo, but I think a lot of people are still speculating that it was done because someone had a problem with the contents of that photo. I have seen a lot of pictures of a man and a woman kissing on facebook and those do not seem to get removed based on policies? They seemed to have clear the air with this mistake but this time they were lucky. If something would not have been done, I am sure their user number would have dropped significantly.