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Hickory mom fighting Facebook over removed photo of daughter

HICKORY, N.C. (Chris Dyches/WBTV) -- A Hickory mom says she's in a fight with Facebook after she posted a photo of her daughter at the beach and the social media site removed it and temporarily banned her.

Jill White is a photographer from Hickory. She says during a recent trip to the beach, she decided to recreate the famous "Coppertone girl" pose from 1953.

The original Coppertone ad showed a young girl's bathing suit being pulled down by a small dog, exposing her backside.

White says her two-year-old daughter was at the beach with her friend and they posed for a photo of the little girl's bathing suit bottom being pulled down by her friend.

"I posted [the photo] on Coppertone's [Facebook page]," White told WBTV. "We thought it would be cute because of the old Coppertone ad and her tan line looked like that."

That's when White says someone reported the photo to Facebook. She says Facebook then gave her the option to delete the photo, change privacy setting or ignore.

"Well I ignored it," White said. "No way did I think it would fit the criteria of nudity or pornography and if you read the terms of use in settings no where does it state that this would be considered either."

Facebook disagreed and banned White from the site for 24 hours.

According to the Facebook, the social media giant 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."

White says she was not able to post to her personal profile or a fan page she had created for her photography company.

When she was able to get back into her account, she says she posted the photo again, this time edited.

"I got back on with another photo, this time a big Emoji face on the area of the butt crack," she said. "Now it is being reviewed again for nudity and pornography."

White said if Facebook deems the photograph as inappropriate she could face a lifetime ban.

A Facebook official told WBTV an account must have multiple reported pieces of content deleted before they disable a Facebook account without the possibility of it being reactivated.

"It is hard. With over 1 billion people using Facebook we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people," a Facebook spokesperson said.

White says neither of the photos she posted should be considered pornographic.

"I despise pornography and anything to do with it," she said. "I would never ever post a pornographic photo. I am anti-porn."

Facebook officials say White's photo was not removed from Facebook because it was considered pornographic.

The first picture was removed because it displayed her daughter's nude bottom, which falls on Facebook's parameters for deletion.

White says the mother of the other little girl included in the photo agreed to let her post the photo on Facebook.

"Actually, she is the one that insisted," White said. "I am outraged [about this]."

The Coppertone logo has undergone several recreations exposing less and less of the little girl's buttock. The current logo shows the little girl in a full bathing suit.

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