Mom banned from Facebook for 'cute' photo of toddler

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Mom banned from Facebook for 'cute' photo of toddler


by Cassidy Quinn, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 7, 2014 at 10:40 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 7 at 12:53 PM

HICKORY, NC -- Do you remember that old famous Coppertone ad from the 50s, where the little girl's bathing suit was being pulled down by a dog? Would you call that pornographic? Apparently, Facebook would.

A mom in North Carolina could face a lifetime ban from the social media site, after trying to recreate the photo with her own daughter.

Jill White is a photographer, and she took a photo of her two-year-old daughter and her friend, with the friend pulling down the other girl's bathing suit bottoms, exposing the 2-year-old's bottom. The mom posted it on the Coppertone Facebook page. She told WBTV in North Carolina that she thought the picture was cute.

But someone disagreed, and reported the picture to Facebook. White had the choice or changing the privacy settings on her account, or taking down the photo. But instead, since she disagreed that it "fit the criteria of nudity or pornography," she ignored Facebook's requests.

So Facebook banned her for 24 hours. Then when she was back on the site, she posted the photo again, this time censored with an Emoji face covering up her daughter, with the caption, "if they are going to take it off and me too then OUT WITH A BANG I GO!"

White told the Today Show she chose this Emoji with a kissy face for a reason.
"I specifically looked for one that would be really cute to go over the butt," said White. "Basically to say, 'kiss my butt.'"
On the 4th of July, she took to Facebook to express her frustration with the site.
"It is hard being a photographer to change your privacy settings to FRIENDS ONLY so I have to be a PUBLIC person. I am not ashamed in anyway of WHO I AM or what I do. I will continue to post and be the person I know I am. I will not let anyone get the best of me and I will always fight for what I believe in. I am a winner and accept NO defeat."

Facebook has no problem with the edited photo, but people have reported it as inappropriate. Facebook responded to WBTV, defending the site's policies.

"It is hard. With over 1 billion people using Facebook we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people," a Facebook spokesperson said. "These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for everyone on Facebook."

White wrote on Facebook that if she posts the original photo again, she will face a lifetime ban.

Do you think the original photo is inappropriate? Do you think Facebook should have taken it down, or left it up? Let us know in the comments below.

Watch more on this story, including interviews with the moms of both girls in the photo, on the Today Show