Gloating is an ugly quality. I’ve promised myself that I would try – TRY – to refrain from gloating or saying “I told you so” in this post. I do admit, however, to positively relishing any chance to whip up anti-Facebook sentiment on this blog. I have done it before, and dammit I’ll do it again! Here’s the situation.
And the drama continues. From the Times article:
Days later, when a school administrator was uploading images from a faculty show to Facebook, the school’s account was suddenly blocked from uploading anything for seven days. “They must have decided that we are a repeat offender,” said David Kratz, president of the academy. “We are a graduate school of figurative art. We teach people classical skills and technique.” Mr. Kratz said he and his staff were at a loss for what to do, since “there is no obvious way to contact anyone” at Facebook.
But remember that I am not on Facebook, so I don’t know anything about how it works in terms of image uploads, filters, etc. Maybe some of my readers can inform me? Most of my artist friends have Facebook pages which I obviously cannot view – because I’m not on Facebook. How do you guys get your nude images up? I just wrote in an email to my friend John Wellington that one of the reasons I didn’t start a Facebook page was that I feared problems would arise with posting images of my art modeling work. And that’s why I started this blog instead, over three years ago, so I could post my images without worrying about terms violations.
Speaking of John Wellington, he too has been caught up in this Facebook mess. In fact, he is quoted in the NY Times Article:
“It seems like they have really gone after artists,” said John Wellington, an artist in New York who is a graduate of the academy. “The images they are taking down are clearly paintings.” After one of his paintings was taken down recently, Mr. Wellington said he deleted from Facebook all the images that he had uploaded that showed a nipple, for fear that his account would be disabled.
Here’s John’s awesome painting that was deleted by Facebook. Click to enlarge so you can read his “safety warning”. Thank for the jpeg John! And here is the NYAA blog post which discusses this issue.