SIOUX CITY | Police say a controversial Facebook page where viewers critique photos of Siouxland women highlights why people should take precautions with photos posted on social media.

"Once you send a picture out to somebody, unless it's copyrighted material, they're free to do with it what they want," said Sioux City police Lt. Mark Kirkpatrick. "And there's all kinds of sites out there dedicated to doing just that."

The Journal is not naming the page because it has an expletive in its title and contains private information. 

The page, created Tuesday, has candid photos of young men and women and solicited critiques that often were crude. Photos were taken from other users’ Facebook pages or submitted and posted to the site.

Kirkpatrick said people should be careful about what’s posted on Facebook -- and who has access – to make sure photos don't end up in the wrong place.

Kirkpatrick said they were contacted about the page and comments. However, there are limited options for police because online comments typically don't meet the threshold for criminal charges unless they are threatening, he said.

The page’s administrator is not known.

Facebook removes pages found to have pornography, violence or threats, graphic content or abusive behavior, according to the social media site's terms of use.  

"We encourage people who see anything that violates Facebook's community standards to report the content to us using the links found throughout our site," said Matt Steinfeld, a Facebook spokesman. "We review all reports and remove content that violates our terms."

Sioux City police have asked the social media company to remove pages in the past, Kirkpatrick said.

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