Posted By Jeff on May 28, 2009
Newsweek, a magazine that generally strives for a slightly censorious view of the prurient, as in “We’re reporting on this but it doesn’t mean we approve of it,” had an article a few weeks back on how FaceBook censors user content. More than 20 percent of all FaceBook employees — 150 out of 850 — are occupied full-time in keeping the site PG. No harassment. No drugs, nudity or porn. Et cetera. The photo at right is of the FaceBook “Nipple Patrol.” This cracks me up, because they look exactly like the sort of 20-somethings who send naked pictures of themselves to their latest sweeties via cell phone.
Which is to say, they look like typical 20-somethings.
One of the reasons I think Into Temptation is going to be a book that people want to read is that a lot of it is about the large parts of the Internet world that are pretty much just like Facebook, minus the censorship and the aspiration to appeal to everyone and offend no one. Places like AdultSpace.com, for example, are a lot like FaceBook only with lots of sex and nudity.
We self-censor ourselves on FaceBook … or, at least, a lot of us do. It is mostly not a place for dark secrets or extreme behavior.
Then there is the Edge of Facebook. Some people always need to find the Edge.
For some, it’s the Miss Facebook World Edition. (I think you have to be logged in to FB to get to the group site.) Women ranging from the girl next door to aspiring porn princesses upload their photos for their shot at the title …
Here’s that ever-popular “Playboy in the ’70s” look:
Here’s the “Yes, I did remember to finish getting dressed this morning” look:
And who can pass up the “I’m too sexy for my nurse outfit” look?
Yes, FaceBook is pretty tame. Now imagine it *without* censorship.