Facebook Took Down This Picture Because It Thinks Elbows Are Boobs

Elbows and boobs. Both are great in their own special ways, but they are definitely not the same thing. You and I might know that well enough, but it seems that Facebook has a little more trouble with the distinction. That's why they took down this elbowlicious picture.

The picture — which appears risque at a glance, but actually contains zero per cent boob — was posted by Theories of the Deep Understand of Things with the specific goal of trolling Facebook's content filter. It's no accident that this kinda-sorta-maybe looks like boobs.

The picture was taken down fast, within 24 hours of posting. Theoretically, it was because the images violates Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which prohibits posts containing "nudity" though presumably not that of bare elbows. Pictures of women breast-feeding however, have historically counted as nudity. TOTDUOT posted about the removal (with a censored version of the photo) on their Facebook page saying, noting that "FB moderators can't tell an elbow from a dangerous, filthy, uncanny and violent female breast."

Really it's just another case of a website erring on the side of "oh god take it down right now", which is becoming more and more common. And although they were wrong, you have to admit it kind of looks like boobs. Weird ones. For the first half-second. Maybe. [Theories of the Deep Understand of Things via The Daily Mail]


Comments

    still not sure why boobs aren't okay for general viewing, can anyone explain?

      its like the difference between seeing a women in her underwear and seeing her in a bikini. She'll freak out over the former but proudly show herself off in the latter. Nobody understands this logic :|

        This is why I generally check out women using a telephoto lens

      because Facebook is an american site and inherits their social values. Their twisted, twisted social values.

    Well they were trolling.. it's not like it was someone's actual photo they were innocently posting on there.. it was an experiment, at best, to test the filters.. and the fast is, that they look like boobs..

    Elbows = not ok
    Hate pages = ok
    Glad facebook has their priorities sorted.

      Absolutely. Glad you can see pages such as white supremacy sites, anti abortion sites, anti black sites, anti jew sites, anti women sites etc but damn those elbows to HELL!!!!!!!!

        I can't believe you put anti abortion in with those others.

          Have you checked out some of the anti-abortion pages? They're nothing but hate pages towards women who get abortions...

    So they'll reflexively take that down and meanwhile it takes public outcry and change.org petitions to get them to remove horrible pages which celebrate racist humour.

    Zuck, you have not created something good in Facebook. Your company's lack of morals and viciously corrupted motives shine through in every move you make. And we humans do not have the brainpower to use social media for good instead of evil.

      it's probably automatically done through image processing/recognition...They looked like boobs to me until I read the title. Facebook is a (semi) public space, so the same rules should apply to that space that do to the real world. ie no walking around with your junk out. think of the children...

    oh my god, bewbs!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VgHeP8_AHY

    OK I'm likely to be shouted down but I think it has to do with the morals of American Corporations and public images , You can display a violence and destruction and carnage but not boobs or anything resembling boobs

    Reminds me of this picture heheh
    http://megarelease.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/relax-its-just-my-armpit.jpg

    Not bad for a chick with no arms.

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