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Banned By Facebook Bans Christmas Cards Of A Redbreast For Being “Sexual”

Banned By Facebook Bans Christmas Cards Of A Redbreast For Being “Sexual”
Due to its inherent “sexual” and “adult” nature, the sale of a pack of Christmas cards that has a robin redbreast has been blocked by Facebook.
Last month, when she discovered the reason that the social media company had refused approval of the product, she “could not stop laughing”, said the artist of the picture - Jackie Charley.
For the set three pictures that featured pictures of animals in the snow, the bird was one and it featured its distinctive red and orange breast. A stag and a squirrel were the other two.
But when the artist tried to upload the image to her Bothycrafts page, Facebook blocked the attempt for what the social media platform perceived to be an “adult item”.
Charley was sent this message by Facebook: “It looks like we didn’t approve your item because we don’t allow the sale of adult items or services (e.g. sexual enhancement items or adult videos)”, the artists said in a post on her Facebook page
The 52-year-old wrote: “Hilariously, Facebook has blocked my Christmas cards from becoming a product in my shop due to their shameful, sexual nature! Please judge for yourself! (Can’t stop laughing!) And if you’d like a pack of six at £5.99 plus postage and packaging let me know.”
Unable to fathom the reasoning behind her picture being labelled as being inappropriate, Charley said she had been mystified by the move.
She said: “There’s obviously nothing in the images themselves which is inappropriate. Similarly, there were no ‘trigger’ words used in the cards’ descriptions that I’m aware of. For instance, the robin card was simply called ‘Robin’, not ‘Robin Redbreast’ as some people have wondered.”
The initial ban however had been lifted by the interest generated from the gaffe even though the artist, hailing from the Scottish Borders, said no direct response was received by her from Facebook.
In recent times, this is but one of the blunders that has been committed by the social media site when it comes to judging content. The image of what is known as the “Napalm Girl”, a Vietnam war image that is of a severely burned, naked girl, was censored by Facebook last year which caused quote a furor.
Triggering a debate about the role of Facebook while censoring and distributing news was made when a Norwegian newspaper accused founder Mark Zuckerberg of “abusing (his) power”.
Also deemed to be “explicitly sexual” was a picture of a statue of Roman sea god Neptune and was not approved more recently. Earlier this year, the photo was attempted ot be posted on her Facebook page by Elisa Barberi, a local writer.
A message from the technology firm read: “an image with content that is explicitly sexual … concentrating unnecessarily on body parts”, and was attached to the 16th-century statue.
The message continued: “The use of images or video of nude bodies or plunging necklines is not allowed, even if the use is for artistic or educational reasons.”
There were no comments available from Facebook.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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