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Spinnaker Cover Photo Deemed a 'Violation' by Facebook

10:35 PM, Mar 30, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A risque cover photo used in a college newspaper is deemed a violation by a popular networking site.

Ian Albahae, the UNF Spinnaker's web editor, posted last week's cover image as the paper's profile picture on Facebook, something they do each week.

"This week just happened to be the controversial cover that we're hearing so much about now," Albahae said.

The cover story on March 24 highlighted the link between throat cancer, human papillomavirus and practicing oral sex with an infected partner.

A provocative image depicting oral sex was on the cover with the story.

Spinnaker Editor-in-Chief Josh Gore said he stands behind the photo.

"It complimented the story, it got people to read the story and this was not pornography," Gore said.

The photo was shot by a Spinnaker photographer, according to Gore. The models are UNF students.

"It's been up since Thursday, when we went to print, as our Facebook image," Albahae said.

Facebook saw a problem with the image and took it down.

"I received an email at about 6:30 this morning saying that my account was under warning for posting obscene imagery," Albahae said, explaining he was logged in under his personal account, which he uses as an administrator for Spinnaker's Facebook page.

The email went on to say Facebook "does not allow photos that attack an individual or group or that contain nudity, drug use, violence or other violations of the Terms of Use."

Facebook prompted Albahae to re-agree to the terms of use, terms he still doesn't think the image violated.

"There's definitely other things on Facebook," Albahae said. "I mean there's tons of models out there, even some college girls probably have more risque pictures posted up there."

First Coast News asked Facebook why the picture violated their terms. The company has not responded.

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