When Ontario-based tattoo design collective Custom Tattoo Design posted a photo on their Facebook wall of a tattoo that covered the bare chest of a breast-cancer survivor, Facebook removed it.
It was reposted. And then it was removed again.
Facebook officials claimed the image violated the nudity rules in its terms of service. Apparently post-mastectomy tattoos falls short of the Facebook nod.
“We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding,” the social media company states.
To protest the repeated removals, the tattoo group asked that people share the photo — and share they did.
“Hello everyone, this tattoo was done for a woman who had breast cancer! Facebook keeps removing the post in 24 hours 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!” the group writes.
The image quickly went viral. So far, the photo has been “liked” more than 170,000 times, and shared more than 137,000 times. The now-famous tattoo is sported by cancer survivor Inga Duncan Thornell.
“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,” she writes on her personal blog.
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