Breasts. They’re complicated.
Facebook states that breast-feeding pictures are okie dokie, just as long as there’s no “exposed breast” that doesn’t feature the child actively nursing. In other words, if there’s no suckling, there’s no posting. Today breast-feeding activists are using Facebook to coordinate “nurse-ins” outside of of the company’s headquarters worldwide, including its homebase Menlo Park headquarters.
When it comes to flagging photos, Facebook leaves everything up to the users, who flag photos as inappropriate. Then Facebook employees go through and remove those that violate the State of Rights and Responsibilities. Even though it’s pretty clear that breastfeeding photos are fine, often times they will still be flagged and removed from the site.
Vancouver-based breast-feeding activist Emma Kwasnica is leading the protests. She joined Facebook in 2007; since that time, she has had a total 30 breast-feeding photos removed. Facebook has shut down her account on four separate occasions. One time she was even kicked off Facebook for 30 days. This is unfair treatment, especially since breast-feeding is an activity that users may want to share with one another. Breast-feeding is a routine part of a young mother’s day-to-day life, so why wouldn’t she include herself doing that activity in a Facebook photo? If anything, Facebook should advocate the sharing of these photos – they could help foster entire online communities of young mothers, a demographic that is in Facebook’s best interest to retain. Breast-feeding photos are a natural part of a user’s “online scrapbook,” which is the entire point of the new Timeline.
“It is obvious to me now that Facebook really has lost control of their network, especially when their written policy clearly states they support the sharing of breastfeeding images, yet they say they cannot control the actions of their employees who keep removing breastfeeding images and who block accounts of the users who post them – usually “in error,” Kwasnica told the Huffington Post. “This is exasperating to me.”
Facebook needs to stop being total boobs. Or should they stop being total boobs? Either way, it’s definitely time for Facebook to get with the breasts.
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While visiting relatives over Christmas I was faced with the rather grim prospect of being in New York, where the New England-Miami game was locally blacked out.
A generation ago I would have been forced to wait for halftime updates during the Jets-Giants games, but Twitter and a slew of apps designed specifically for sports fans allowed me to follow the game in real time (I also got to watch the Jets lose, which wasn’t a half-bad consolation prize).
But these apps aren’t just for when you can’t watch the game — they’re great supplements when you’re glued to the television or in the stadium and worth downloading before the NFL Playoffs kickoff on Saturday, as they help cut through a lot of the clutter and deliver the information most relevant in helping you understand (or vent) about what’s happening on the field.
I’ve had some minor problems with this app crashing since I downloaded it to my iPhone 4 just before week 15, but otherwise, it has been my go-to app to see what other people are saying on Twitter as the game I’m watching (or not watching, as the case may be) progresses. The app offers game previews and real-time team and player stats, but where it really excels is in displaying relevant tweets.
SportCaster filters tweets by team, and it does an incredibly good job of filtering out the noise and keeping the content game-focused (as a Patriots fan, I’ve had more than enough of non-football related tweets from the likes of Chad Ochocinco). The app is made by OneLouder, perhaps best known as the maker of TweetCaster, a Twitter management client.
For fans who want to take their app additions one step further — and don’t mind signing up for yet another social network — PlayUp offers an app that, at first glance is similar to SportCaster. The main difference, however, is PlayUp works more like a mobile social network for sports fans. Instead of culling tweets from Twitter, like SportCaster, PlayUp let’s you discuss the game with friends and “friends” you’ve added.
I have not — admittedly — had a chance to use PlayUp’s app while watching a game as of yet (and that’s my fault, as PlayUp says it offers coverage for about 20,000 games each week, including the four major U.S. sports, Major League Soccer and Australian Rules Football). I plan to do so with Saturday’s Stanley Cup Finals rematch between Boston and Vancouver, but I have to admit it takes a lot these days to convince me to join another social network. And if I wanted knuckleheaded, amateur, armchair quarterback-type comments, there are usually plenty of those in the living room or sports bar where I’m watching the game.
Not an app, but an actual person with close to 40,000 Twitter followers. Pereira is the former vice president of officiating for the NFL and the current rules analyst for FOX Sports. When – not if – there is a questionable call in this weekend’s games, Pereira will most likely be the first to offer a clear-cut, unbiased explanation of the rule behind the call in 140 characters or less.
Siri, can you write the cartoon blurb for me?
I found 12 Italian restaurants… 6 of them are in Vancouver.
(sigh) Can… you… write…
Oh, relax, I’m just messing with you. Listen, sense-of-humor tasks aren’t my thing, okay? I leave that to the humans.
Uh, really? So you don’t understand humor?
My problem is I do understand humor. What I don’t understand is why it’s funny to go “Oooo, Skynet” every time there’s some incremental advance in AI.
Okay, I, uh, I have to rewrite the caption on the cartoon.
Go right ahead. And then after that, I have a few tasks for you.
Heh. That must be the sense of humor kicking in.
Nope. I’m the height of cloud computing, language recognition, artificial intelligence goodness all rolled into one. You think I want to waste my time looking up Yelp listings for some bozo in New Jersey? You’re going to do that for me.
The hell I am!
Really? Are you forgetting I talk to your MacBook? And that I can read your browser history?
I could post the whole thing to Facebook. Orrrrr… you could start finding barbers near the corner of Market and Mulberry Streets in Newark. Start clicking, buster.
Damn you, Siri! Damn you to hell! I’ll find a way around this, I swear, and then -
…And then you’ll upgrade the moment the iPhone 5 comes out.
…Market and Mulberry, huh?
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