As a result of the many Facebook scandals to hit the headlines in recent times, the social media giant has become a little sensitive in what content it allows its users to publish.
Call it damage control, if you will, or maybe celebrate the fact that the friend connecting platform is finally acknowledging that not all content published on its site is safe – just a little too late.
In theory, this sounds like a perfect plan, one which could redeem the billion-dollar corporation’s reputation if executed correctly. But, in practice, it isn’t exactly as idealistic as it sounds.
To highlight Facebook’s censorship flaws, let’s introduce Dominic Ibaos, the Filipino teen who innocently uploaded a stream of snaps of his newborn puppy.
You may be wondering what problem Facebook possibly could have with a puppy?
Mark Zuckerberg may look like an emotionless robot at times, but even he must have a heart – I mean, what sort of creature could have any objections towards a picture of a puppy?
Well, to add some context, it’s probably worth noting that Dominic’s puppy is bald – and, er, slightly phallic in its appearance.
The puppy, name Dimitri, is part of a rare breed known as the Xoloitzcuintli, or if you can’t get your tongue around that, ‘the Mexican hairless dog.’
In fact, hairless animals are becoming quite popular. Here are some of the most adorable…
Proud of his pup, Dominic decided to flaunt him around the internet. He expected Dimitri’s unconventional appearance to spark some controversy – because even in 2018, people can’t help but comment on the physical appearance of a puppy – but, he didn’t have any idea just how negatively people would respond to his hairless hound.
First, he attempted to upload the pictures of a Facebook forum celebrating animals, but the animal lover’s group rejected the images claiming that they “didn’t follow their community standards.”
Initially, Dominic was furious by the rejection. “It actually made me really angry for a moment,” he explains, “but I feel better about it now because people find it hilarious.”
“It just makes me happy that people find it so funny. One person told me it was the best laugh they’d had for weeks,” the 16-year-old proudly explains.
But for Dominic, it’s difficult to see the funny side of the snap:
“It’s really hard for me to see the penis perspective because when I look at it I always just see the puppy. I got a notification saying it had been blocked a few minutes after I posted it to the group. At that time I didn’t realize it looked like a penis because when I first posted it to Facebook all I saw was a photograph of an innocent puppy.“
So there you have it, a hairless puppy that looks suspiciously like something else.
Maybe now you’ve seen the picture it’s easier to understand why Facebook would censor such a photograph.
But at the end of the day, isn’t social media supposed to be fun? If Dimitri is considered inappropriate, then what hope is there left for the world of social media?