Facebook blocked a picture of ancient Italian statue for being ‘explicitly sexual’

A view of the Fountain of Neptune, in Bologna on March 25, 2010. The bronze statue of the sea god, called by the people " Il Gigante " (The Giant) is 3.20 meters high and weighs 22 tons. AFP PHOTO / ANDREAS SOLARO (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)

Facebook came under fire for banning the picture of the Roman god Neptune for having a sexual context. The photo of the Jean Boulogne, or Giambologna mid-sixteenth century fountain in Bologna was uploaded by writer Elisa Barbari. The picture was uploaded for the writer’s thematic group about Bologna. When the picture was banned, the writer asked Facebook for explanation. And this is what they say: “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”.

: “The statue is shown from behind, not even as a close up, it’s in the distance. It’s ridiculous… At first I was angry. Then I was surprised, I couldn’t understand why they don’t want to clarify. It’s absurd,” Barbari complains, “In the past, I have flagged inappropriate content to Facebook myself — fake news, violence on animals… Things that really need to be censured, not art. I don’t know what to think, it’s ridiculous. I am guessing this hasn’t landed on Zuckerberg’s desk yet. There is nothing vulgar in a work of art.”


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