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Facebook Blocks Photo of Neptune Statue for Nudity

Fb courted one other controversy after an artwork historian claimed it blocked a photograph of Italy’s well-known Neptune statue for being “sexually express”. The social media big later termed the censorship a mistake, media experiences mentioned.

Elisa Barbari, a neighborhood author, selected the statue for instance her Fb web page, known as “Tales, curiosities and views of Bologna”, the Day by day Telegraph reported on Monday.

The sixteenth century statue of the ocean god dominates Piazza del Nettuno, a grand sq. within the coronary heart of Bologna.

However the social media large objected to the picture, which reveals a unadorned Neptune — Nettuno in Italian — holding a big trident.

“I needed to advertise my web page however evidently for Fb the statue is a sexually specific picture that exhibits off an excessive amount of flesh. Actually, Neptune? That is loopy!” Barbari informed the Telegraph.

Fb instructed her that “the usage of the picture was not authorised as a result of it violates Fb’s information traces on promoting”.

“It presents a picture with content material that’s explicitly sexual and which reveals to an extreme diploma the physique, concentrating unnecessarily on physique components. Using pictures or video of nude our bodies or plunging necklines will not be allowed, even when the use is for inventive or academic causes,” Fb stated.

A Fb spokesperson later mentioned in a press release that the censorship was a mistake, the Guardian reported.

“Our workforce processes tens of millions of promoting photos every week, and in some situations we incorrectly prohibit advertisements. This picture doesn’t violate our advert insurance policies. We apologise for the error and have let the advertiser know we’re approving their advert,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.

Over the previous yr Fb discovered itself within the midst of a number of controversies for prohibiting seemingly innocuous photos, and in addition for the unfold of pretend information on the social media platform.

Lately, it was criticised for eradicating an iconic photograph of a lady fleeing a Napalm assault taken through the Vietnam conflict. Nonetheless, Fb later allowed the picture to be posted on the platform.

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