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In randomly amusing social media news, Facebook recently took down a photo of a woman flashing her elbows in the tub, believing they were breasts at first glance.

The image in question:

How did this happen? In the wake of recent breastfeeding photo controversies, the blog Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things decided to test Facebook.

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Terms of Service state that users will not post content that is “hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence.”


The amateurish-looking photo features a blond woman in a bathtub flashing a SEXY pink elbow … which sort of does look like a breast if you only look briefly.

FB must have done just that, because moderators removed the pic less than 24 hours after it was posted WITH THE CAPTION “Once again, testing Facebook alertness.”

A second elbow (or knee?) kind of looks like a breast as well, although her chest would be awfully lopsided if it were. Whatever. In any case, #facebookadminfail.

The offending blog mused after its female muse’s elbow-boobs were yanked:

“FB moderators can’t tell an elbow from a dangerous, filthy, uncanny and violent female breast. No questions were asked the and the post is down. Imagine our surprise!”

According to the Daily Mail (UK), workers in Morocco and other countries are paid $1 an hour to moderate Facebook pages and any content that might violate its policies.

When Facebook realized it censored an elbow, it promptly reinstated it and apologized:

“This photo does not violate our content standards and we have already restored the photo. We made a mistake removing the picture and apologized to the page admin.”

Well played, Theories of the Deep Understanding of Things. Well played.