Whilst I might debate the lure of looking at mastectomy images, I think I’d be hard pressed to describe them as ‘sexual and abusive’, but that’s just what Facebook did. They removed all images of Sharon Adams operation, and told her it was inappropriate and offensive.
Quite naturally Sharon was rather upset as the operation has been a difficult one and she’s posted the images to raise awareness. Groups sprung up in protest to this, and the ‘Get Sharon Adams Picture Back on Facebook for Breast Cancer’ group tgained over 900 members; and this was instrumental in getting the images online again. Facebook reversed their decision based on public outcry, and he following statement from them makes them sound rather embarrassed at their oversight.
“Our user operations team reviews thousands of reported photos a day and may occasionally remove something that doesn’t actually violate our policies. This is what happened here. We apologise.”
Another example of power to the people, and it also illustrates just how social media can actually effect real change!
See the actual picture that was banned here (warning: may shock).