Facebook slaps ‘adult content’ ban on... a robin redbreast card
IT’S been condemned for allowing users to post pornography and other vile videos – but now Facebook has bizarrely banned a traditional Christmas card of a robin redbreast and two other seasonal paintings of a stag and a squirrel.
Artist Jackie Charley was hoping sell them through her Facebook shop but a message popped up rejecting them owing to their possible ‘sexual’ and ‘adult’ content.
It read: ‘It looks like we didn’t approve your item because we don’t allow the sale of adult items or services (eg sexual enhancement items or adult videos).’
As Ms Charley’s charming cards have no content even remotely of an adult nature, she is mystified by the decision.
The mother-of-two, from Denholm in the Scottish Borders, said: ‘These are lovely pieces of art that I just wanted people to enjoy at Christmas. How they could be considered inappropriate or sexual is beyond me.’
Mrs Charley, 52, works from home to enable her to care for her husband, who has a serious medical condition, and relies on the money she earns from selling the cards on Facebook.
She added: ‘I tried to upload the images five times, but this rejection message kept coming up. I was sure it was a mistake, but it wasn’t.’
Mrs Charley repeatedly contacted Facebook by email to ask them to overturn the ban but received no reply.
Facebook insiders yesterday suggested the ban was an error, but a spokesman would only say the firm was investigating the matter.
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