Face­book slaps ‘adult con­tent’ ban on... a robin red­breast card

The Mail on Sunday - - Focus - By Ned Dono­van

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.

OUT­LAWED: The Christ­mas im­ages

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