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Facebook Bans North Carolina Mom Over Photo Of Daughter's Bottom

A North Carolina mother and professional photographer was temporarily banned from Facebook after she posted a photo of her 2-year-old's bottom.

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White said she liked the spontaneously shot photo, because it reminded her of the famous Coppertone girl advertisements from the 1950s.

"We didn't stage the photo," White said. "When we looked at it later, her tan line reminded us so much of the famous Coppertone ad."

She posted the photo to Coppertone's official Facebook page on June 30. Facebook flagged the photo within three hours and claimed it violated the site's standards on "nudity and pornography."

White said Facebook gave her the option to delete the photo or change her privacy settings. Instead, she ignored the notice, according to WBTV.


White was banned from Facebook for 24 hours for leaving the photo up.

"I was completely shocked and outraged," White, a mother of six, told "Nowhere did I see anything pornographic about this photo. There is nothing sexual about it. It's sweet."

Facebook policy states that the site can "remove content that violates our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. If we determine you've posted something that violates our terms, you may receive a warning or become disabled, depending on how severe the violation is."

When White was allowed back on Facebook, she posted the same photo but with her daughter's behind covered up.

"Good NEWS...they will NOT be removing this photo!!!! But if I post the other photo again I will be banned from Facebook," White wrote on her Facebook page.

Since 1953, the Coppertone logo has undergone several recreations. Mechanical billboards of Miss Coppertone with a dog pulling her pants down over and over again used to be common throughout the U.S.

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In Miami, this Coppertone billboard remains one of the last such signs. The original building it hung from was demolished, but in 1991 it was designated a historic landmark and eventually restored.


People also posted to the Coppertone Facebook page showing their support for White's photograph:

Facebook also removed this week every picture of dead animals from the page of Texas cheerleader Kendall Jones, who gained attention when her photos of hunting big game animals in Africa went viral.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

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