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Is Facebook Removing A Picture Depicting A Breast Cancer Survivor's Tattooed Chest?

Outline
Circulating message claims that, due to its rules on nudity, Facebook keeps removing an image showing the intricately tattooed chest of a breast cancer survivor who had a double mastectomy.

Vector illustration of a breast cancer pink ribbon tree

© Depositphotos.com/ trinochka



Brief Analysis
When the image was posted to Custom Tattoo Design's Facebook Page in February 2013, Facebook did remove it several times because it was considered a violation of the company's policy on nudity.  The ban caused a great deal of protest from Internet users. However, Facebook quickly backtracked and agreed to allow the image to remain on the network. The image has continued to circulate on Facebook since February and is no longer being removed.

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Hello Everyone, This Tattoo was done for a woman who had breast cancer ! Facebook keeps removing the post in 24hour as an offensive photo do to nudity. However we feel this woman is both brave and strong so were going to post it anyways and ask for your awareness and support ; Please like and share this photo quickly to show your support for this and many other women who have lost so much. ( Kind Comments are welcome ) thanks !

Breast Cancer Survivor tattoo


Detailed Analysis


This message claims that Facebook keeps removing an image depicting the intricately tattooed chest of a woman who had a double mastectomy due to breast cancer. According to the message, Facebook is removing the picture because it is considered a violation of the company's policy on nudity. The message applauds the bravery of the pictured woman and asks that users share the image to show support.

When the image was posted to Custom Tattoo Design's Facebook Page back in February 2013, Facebook did remove it repeatedly, citing a violation of its nudity policy. Custom Tattoo Design then posted the above message to ask for support and protest against the ban. The image went viral as a result.

However, Facebook soon backed down and agreed to let the image stay on the network. Fred Wolens of Facebook Policy Communications explained the change of policy to The Huffington Post, noting,  "Mastectomy photos don't violate our content standards and are permitted on the site."

Since then, the image has been shared many times and posted on many different Facebook Pages. As it promised, Facebook is no longer removing the image.

The woman in the image is Inga Duncan Thornell. She notes in a blog post:

This tattoo was a collaboration between Tina Bafaro, the tattooist, and me to cover the scars from a bilateral mastectomy.  It took one Sunday a month over two and a half years to complete.
The tattoo image was featured in the book "Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo".



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Last updated: August 8, 2013
First published: August 8, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
Facebook removes photo of breast cancer survivorís chest tattoo, picture goes viral
Facebook Community Standards
Facebook Removes Photo Of Breast Cancer Survivor's Tattoo, Users Fight Back
Facebook - Breast Cancer Survivor's Tattoo
Inga Duncan Thornell
Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo, 3rd Ed




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