Boonah photographer in trouble with Facebook over racy pics
A QUEENSLAND photographer says Facebook is crippling her boudoir photography business by deleting her photos and banning her from posting online.
Tami Beard operates Tami Anne Boudoir from Boonah, and says she is constantly having her photos removed by Facebook.
"Every time I post into a group, I normally get about 30 minutes and then it comes up with something saying they've been rejected and they don't meet Facebook guidelines," she said.
"It doesn't matter what photo I use, it doesn't meet their guidelines. It's odd. I've tried photos that are covered but that doesn't work either."
Ms Beard has been specialising in boudoir photography for the last year, and expected the lead-up to Valentine's Day to be a peak time.
"I expected to be absolutely flat out, but I was only busy for one week because I just couldn't get the word out there," she said.
"I've lost count of the number of times my Facebook posts have been rejected. Maybe 20-odd times in the last two weeks."
Even when she tries to pay for sponsored posts, Facebook won't approve her images.
"It hurts my business because there are so many possible clients - I just cant get to them," she said.
"Even using the word 'boudoir' will get it blocked, so I can't even use my business name."
When her photos are rejected, Ms Beard said she usually receives a post saying there are issues with her product because it doesn't meet Facebook's policies.
"It says common items we don't allow people to sell include animals, guns and illegal products, but I'm not selling any of that," she said.
"Nothing that I try to post is revealing. I try to go with head shots but even they were getting rejected so I thought I'll just make the most of the 30 minutes I've got and get attention."
Ms Beard has clients across Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Victoria, but says she's limited to growing her customer base by only being allowed to post on her own business page.
"I've got two Facebook accounts, mostly because I spend a lot of time banned or in Facebook jail," she said.
"I spent a month in Facebook jail for trying to post to a buy swap sell site which means I couldn't post anything or comment for two weeks which means I can't comment on my business account. And then I got banned for a week for trying to share a post on my business page to my VIP group."
When she appealed Facebook's decision to delete her business posts, she was told in writing: "We don't allow ads with content that features sexually suggestive positioning or that shows a lot of skin (even if it's for an artistic or education reason) because of their highly sensitive nature."
"If put up a call for models - and that's one of the biggest ways of spreading the word - in the 30 minutes it's active, I can have up to 100 messages, then it all stops because they pull the post down," she said.
"Even if that was approved for 24 hours, there's hundreds of messages I'm missing out on because the post just isn't getting seen."
Despite her posts routinely being rejected, Ms Beard said she often saw Facebook posts by major lingerie companies.
"They come up as sponsored posts and they're 10 times worse than mine and I'm getting rejected," she said.
"It's really quite odd what they let through. I'm scrolling through Facebook as we speak, and there are photos here of a guy with his hand half chopped apart. Even some of the memes while they're in cartoon form are a lot more inappropriate than what I'm trying to post."