Facebook misinterprets picture of woman in bath as explicit

While technology is advancing at an incredible rate these days, there are still incidents where it doesn’t always make the right decision.

Such was the case when the social network removed a picture of a woman in a bath due to the appearance of her elbows. The site identified it as pornographic content and nuked the image since it violated the site’s Terms of Service.

You’re likely wondering why someone posted a picture of themself in a bath. The simple reason is that they wanted to test whether Facebook checks for indecency, or simply the appearance of it.

Realising their error, the network restored the picture and apologized to its uploader. You can view the picture here; when the world's largest social network misinterprets the content, we don't want to tell you that your colleagues will be understanding either.

You're using Facebook on their terms, so it pays to know what you can and cannot upload. Repeat offenders could lose access for repeatedly posting content deemed unacceptable, so you'd better be careful when you're in the bath with a camera beside you.

tl;dr: view the picture here.

Source: Fox News

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If that picture actually showed what it looks like, at first glance to be. then that would be one malformed girl.

one time they deleted a picture of mine a while ago that had a paintball gun in it - citing it was "violent" - WTF. is that worthy of news as well?

I guess you never noticed that weekends are typically very slow news days on tech sites? Or maybe you were born yesterday, I'm not sure which is more likely.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Directly proportional to the uselessness of the "news" article.

Invizibleyez said,
I guess you never noticed that weekends are typically very slow news days on tech sites? Or maybe you were born yesterday, I'm not sure which is more likely.
I was born yesterday. Hope that clears that up for you.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
I was born yesterday. Hope that clears that up for you.

Can a mod delete his account please, you need to be at least 13 to have an account on Neowin.

ThunderBuddy said,

Can a mod delete his account please, you need to be at least 13 to have an account on Neowin.

Please and thanks. Hurr slow news day - I don't see that every weekend or anything. I wonder if there's a correlation (hint hint) or if you're just that slow to catch on.

KSib said,

Please and thanks. Hurr slow news day - I don't see that every weekend or anything. I wonder if there's a correlation (hint hint) or if you're just that slow to catch on.

And yet several legitimate news articles that didn't include pictures of elbows that look like boobies, have found their way to the site today. It boggles the mind.

And in case you missed it, the "elbows that look like boobies" contains a mild hint of irony in relation to the requirement of being 13 to be an account holder here.

SiLeNtDeAtH said,
Wow. Slow news day?

Comments like this should be an auto ban. Fills the site up with useless dribble, if that's what i wanted i'd go to 4chan.

I can see why that mistake could be made, her elbows do look a bit like nipples but if you look well enough you can tell they aren't breasts. Bit silly IMO, it's clearly not pr0n

Moty Abakumov said,
lol her elbow does look like a huge boob ))

good gawd talk about bad placement of red spots on skin *lol*