A recent cinematic ad from Leica caused quite a stir in China, making the word “Leica” banned from this country’s social media. The video titled The Hunt clearly refers to the famous photo Tank Man, taken in 1989 in Tiananmen Square in Beijing. It also refers to the photo being taken by Leica – but it has now been confirmed that it was, in fact, taken by a Nikon.
Earlier this week, a dramatic video titled Leica – The Hunt hit the web, praising all photojournalists and conflict photographers “who lend their eyes to make use see.” However, the video has caused a major backlash in China.
The story is set in Beijing in 1989, clearly referring to the Tiananmen Square protests, which are a sensitive topic in China. Now the whole case has gone so far that it made the word “Leica” banned from Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.
There are many words out there that have multiple meanings. The word “pack”, for example, is both the collective noun for a group of wolves, and also what you do with your suitcases when you go on holiday. It seems, though, that nobody alerted Facebook to this particular quirk of the English language.
While many of us choose our words far more carefully these days than we might have in the past, “shoot” is a pretty common word in photographer vernacular. So while most of us realised what photographer Nicolas Chinardet means when he says he’s “shooting a few Christians”, Facebook thought he meant the other thing.
As if Facebook’s photo rules and regulations didn’t seem stupid enough already. Now, according to Business Insider, they’re banning people for posting photographs of 30,000-year-old statues that have appeared in history books for decades. The Venus of Willendorf is an 11.1cm (4.4″) all figurine estimated to have been made sometime between 28,000 and 25,000 BCE.
It currently resides in the Natural History Museum in Vienna. In December a photograph was posted by Italian arts activist, Laura Ghianda to Facebook. It was censored and Ghianda was banned from posting the photograph again. BI reports that Facebook says the image violated the company’s policies on nudity.
Mark Aragon, staff photographer of Jackson-Winkeljohn, was recently ban from covering UFC fights. On December 30, 2017, Aragon covered a fight between Holly Holm of Jackson-Winkeljohn and Cris Cyborg. After the fight, he posted a photo of Cyborg to his Instagram, calling her a “dude” and referring to her as a male. The post resulted in a public backlash, and it eventually got UFC to pull Aragon’s media credentials for future fights.
First reported by Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, the country’s highest court ruled on Friday that it is now illegal to fly drones with attached cameras in public places as they qualify as surveillance cameras. It’s a huge blow to Sweden’s hobbyist drone community.
Hobbyists in Sweden are understandably upset, and the initial reactions are about as would be expected. Now, to fly a drone on public land would require a CCTV permit as if you were monitoring a camera mounted on a pole in a city centre. You’ll need one of these permits each time you wanted to go out. Each permit comes with a cost and no guarantee of it being granted.
Whenever you use the words “concert” and “photography” in the same sentence, emotions often tend to start flying. Whether you’re a professional trying to earn a living, being crippled by ridiculous contracts, or a fan who prefers to view through an LCD rather than with your eyes, there’s always some controversy.
This time, it’s Adele, stopping a concert and calling out a fan for not only filming, but setting up a tripod in order to do it!
19 year old Courtney Marie Mulkentine from Gympie, Queensland, posted photos of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend to Facebook and removed them after Mulkentine received a phone call from the victim, but by then it was too late.
After pleading guilty to “using an electronic carriage service to harass or offend”, the Australian teenager has been banned from using social media for six months, after the act of “revenge porn”, an increasingly common and worrying practice.