Facebook Removes “Naked Black Justice” Image From Our Wall For Violating Community Standards

May 27, 2012
8:41 am

Here we go again. Someone is reporting us to Facebook for violating community standards, and this week's example (last week it was a photo of an indigenous woman breastfeeding her child) had to do with a "Naked Black Justicce" campaign that, quite frankly, was powerful and resonated with many (hundreds of likes and shares in about 30 minutes). We made sure the the image linked back to the campaign's original link. We thought the message was amazing. Here is the image:

This morning we logged into our Facebook and were told that this image violated its community standards. It was just a generic violation, we are sure it was automated, so we don't know EXACTLY why the photo got taken down. Yet, we are thinking that it has to do with the "nudity" clause. According to Facebook, this is what they have to say about "violations," in their own words:

Facebook reviews reports to determine whether or not the content violates our Terms of Use. We remove content that is considered obscene, violent, malicious or otherwise offensive. If you received a warning about an item that was taken down, then we have established that it violated these terms. Learn more about our policies by reading the Facebook Community Standards: https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards/

We would still like to know what is "obscene, violent, malicious, or otherwise obscene" about this image. The image is the start of a much-needed campaign to start destroying stereotypes about race and our perception of them. According to the campaign's creator, this campaign is SUPPOSED to make you feel uncomfortable, to make you think, to make you act. We were not surprised that our community on Facebook (some of the smartest and most amazing people we know) resonated instantly with this image. Here is what the campaign's creator has to say about his art:

This photography campaign was designed to bring attention to the issues of racism, prejudice and overall ignorance that has been impressed upon Black Americans. This is no longer just a statement…it has become a MOVEMENT to get others to understand that the world would be such a better place if we could just ERASE THE HATE!! Nudity was implemented to demonstrate the RAW REALITY of these issues…so if it causes you to become uncomfortable while viewing this…GOOD…maybe it will challenge you and others to take a stand against these injustices.