22 Feb '12, 6am

Nipples are out, but deep wounds are okay: Facebook's picture guidelines laid bare in leaked document

LONDON - Facebook bans images of breastfeeding if nipples are exposed - but allows "graphic images" of animals if shown "in the context of food processing or hunting as it occurs in nature". Equally, pictures of bodily fluids - except semen - are allowed as long as no human is included in the picture; but "deep flesh wounds" and "crushed heads, limbs" are OK ("as long as no insides are showing"), as are images of people using marijuana but not those of "drunk or unconscious" people. The strange world of Facebook's image and post approval system has been laid bare by a document leaked from the outsourcing company oDesk to the Gawker website, which indicates that the sometimes arbitrary nature of picture and post approval actually has a meticulous - if faintly gore-friendly and nipple-unfriendly approach. For the giant social network, which has 800 million users worldwide an...

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