Facebook reinstates banned picture after mistaking elbows for nipples

Social networking giant Facebook has reinstated a photo it previously removed from the site for breeching its no nudity rules after the Twitter rival mistook a woman’s elbows for her nipples.

The image, which shows a blonde woman in the bathtub, has been reinstated on the social network site whilst Facebook has also issued an apology for its hasty removal of the picture, which had been uploaded as a test by web magazine Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things (TDUT).

“This photo does not violate our content standards and we have already restored the photo,” an official Facebook spokesperson told the Huffington Post.” We made a mistake removing the picture and apologised to the page admin.”

The seemingly rude but totally innocent picture, which has since become an internet hit, was pulled from the TDUT Facebook page earlier this week, just hours after being uploaded, with the web magazine adding the snap as part of a Facebook “alertness” test.

“We removed the following content you posted or were the admin of because it violates Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” the social giant wrote on the mistakenly accused page following the removal of the image.

Responding to the removal of the image, the TDUT Facebook page retorted: “Here’s last night’s FB alertness test results: FB moderators can’t tell an elbow from a dangerous, filthy, uncanny and violent female breast>> no questions were asked and the post is down> Imagine our surprise.”

With the test being carried out in an effort to highlight Facebook’s stringent rules against any form of nudity, TDUT, in response to Facebook’s apology, added 

Responding to Facebook’s apology, TDUT added: “It’s nice to know that tons of media-exposure can actually make FB be a little more sensible, or maybe worried. Our mission is sorta accomplished then, though the more important issue, which is this pathetic fear of the human body and human sexuality, is far from being resolved.”

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