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Facebook Bans Female Rowing Club, Calls Its Charity Calendar ‘Pornography’

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While Facebook has recently updated their guidelines on nudity and what it considers pornography, it looks like not everything has been cleared up. A female university rowing club has been banned from Facebook after promoting a charity calendar that features nude, but non-sexually-explicit, photographs.

The female rowers from The University of Warwick Rowing Society had shed their racing suits for a good cause, raising a hefty £3,400 (approximately $5800) for Macmillan Cancer Support. Cause or not, however, Facebook was not amused — the social network completely removed the rowing club’s Facebook page, citing the company’s content policies.

Naturally, after being banned from Facebook, they took to another social network, Twitter, where they found more support than they could’ve ever imagined.



Fundraising organizer Sophie Bell states that the group’s Facebook ban would hurt their efforts to contribute to charity, but so far Facebook hasn’t budged from its position.


 
  • David Vaughn

    So they already raised the money, but they’re mad because FB is upholding their own policies. Okay…

  • Michal Rosa

    As silly as it is you really have to remember that FB is a private business that can do what it wants. Full stop. They are providing a free service and they can do what they like. As simple as that. Don’t like it? Leave.

  • Josh Zytkiewicz

    Isn’t that the problem? The appeal of Facebook is user generated content. If the users that generate the best content are banned or leave why would other users stay?

  • Aezreth

    This is about as risqué as a visit to the beach.

  • Mike

    Because of the false sensation of popularity due to ‘likes’

  • I_RIGHT_I

    Stupid women.

  • Fullstop

    Yes Michal, I’m here. Did you call me for something?

  • Michal Rosa

    No, it’s not the problem. It’s a free service that has its own rules. Nobody forces anyone to use it.

  • Elijah

    I don’t like it. And I left.

  • Chang

    It’s tragic (but unsurprising) that such a group of young women, lacking spirit or soul feel the need to sell their bodies instead.

  • J.D. Busch

    While they have the right to sell the calendar for a good cause, that doesn’t mean that they can then post nude pictures of themselves on Facebook. As a parent of a 13 year old that has a Facebook page, I’m glad they took the photos down. They have every right to have a policy that says that you can’t post nude photos. Don’t see the problem.

  • Josh Zytkiewicz

    It’s a problem for Facebook as a money making corporation. If they’re driving users away it’s bad for business.

    It’s a problem for the user because the rules are not clear and often arbitrarily enforced. With no specific definition of what is allowed it’s not clear until it’s removed.

    It’s a problem for society because Facebook is reinforcing the idea that certain ways of depicting the human body are wrong. Particularly the female body.

  • Eden Wong

    I don’t now what’s funnier… Facebook’s silly, uptight puritanical
    “standards” or the rowing team believing their bare butts would slide by
    Facebook’s posting policy.

    They’re both acting like idiots.

  • OtterMatt

    What the hell is wrong with these people? What double standard? How many bare-assed men do you see on FB? I guess controversy really is its own reward these days.

  • Anomouse

    Maybe the rowing team shouldn’t be selling flapping material?

  • Sean McCann

    What the hell are you going on about?

  • Sean McCann

    Yes, flapping material. I flap to that kind of thing all the time. It is kind of odd, but whatever floats your boat!

  • Sean McCann

    And this, dear boy or girl, is your daddy being a moralistic prude back in 2014…

  • Anomouse

    Hey all I know is my coxswain

  • http://douglasfotografix.com Dj

    agh good old American Prudist censorship. We suck. Even for a good cause FB sucks on it’s own policies. But damned if we don’t get slammed with spam ads!

  • http://douglasfotografix.com Dj

    Here’s the point some of you are missing. Don’t like what you see? Block it!

  • http://www.eriklaurikulo.com/ Erik Lauri Kulo

    Free or not has nothing to do with it. Even if you pay for the service, the corporation can do whatever they like as long as they follow their terms of usage and so on.

    However, it’s a very weak argument in their favor. Because the mere fact that Facebook is a privately owned company stated in a democratic country and earn money on the people using the service, means that the people can criticize the company.

  • Vee

    You’re being extremely naive and/or ignorant, if you really think your 13 year old doesn’t view far more explicit content than an artistic nude charity campaign, and with far less effort in reaching them.

  • Ridgecity

    They should have done something with dead animals or dead people if they want Facebook to allow it, tits and butts are not ok in Bibleland.

  • J.D. Busch

    It’s not about me being a prude or naive. It’s about the belief that everyone here somehow thinks they have the right to post whatever they want on Facebook. That’s not the forum for it. Thanks for the parenting advice though… Ha

  • Wade M Santini

    uptil I saw the
    check which was of $5854 , I be certain that…my… mother in law woz
    actualey making money part-time at their laptop. . there mums best friend
    started doing this 4 only twelve months and as of now repayed the mortgage on
    there cottage and bourt a brand new Renault 4 . over at this website
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    themselves a Chrysler from having made $5060 thiss month and-in excess of, 10/k
    last-month . it’s realy the easiest-work I have ever done . I started this 4
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  • mmdccbslm

    not to worry! Facebook thinks that a page advocating the assassination of the president does not violate their ‘community standards’ policy. no hypocrisy here! move along now!

  • http://www.gannonburgett.com Gannon Burgett

    Facebook is no longer a private business. It’s a publicly-traded company.

  • wasp2151

    Facebook is not a private business anymore its public. But its true they still can do what they want. And these woman can just make a new page over and over again. Dont see the problem. Dont like the rules just bark them.

  • pgb0517

    And that, dear boy or girl, is the face of “tolerance” way back in 2014. Name calling at its finest.

  • Sean McCann

    Wow! I hardly think that was my best work, but thanks!

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    Riley got an almost new red GMC Canyon just by some parttime working online
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  • chudez

    … or try to effect a change by making other people aware of the problem and hopefully reach a critical mass where enough like minded people makes the private business reconsider it’s policy?

  • Robert Johnson

    It is the proper place for it. They could of black barred the naughty bits though to pass the censors.

  • Nicholas

    Yes. When you buy some shares, then you can have your say.

  • Rick

    Nude Female Rowing Club? Me like :)

  • Bobby Marriott

    That still makes it a private entity and, therefore, not subject to any First Amendment (or similar depending on location) rights. The company can define decency anyway that they please…

  • Bobby Marriott

    Here’s the point you’re missing: the minimum age to sign up for Facebook is 13, not 18. Parents have a reasonable expectation that their will not see nudity while visiting Facebook. And as much as you may not like it, the 13-17 age demographic is (and will probably remain) their #1 priority.