Facebook apologizes for removing photo of nude Neptune statue

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Facebook has come under fire again for blocking a photograph of a 16th-century statue of Neptune, the sea god, because it is “sexually explicit.”

The famed statue stands in Piazza del Nettuno in the Italian city of Bologna and was chosen by local writer and art historian Elisa Barbari to illustrate her Facebook page called “Stories, curiosities and views of Bologna.”

But the social media company told Barbari that the picture violated its privacy policies.

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In a statement, Facebook said: “The use of the image was not approved because it violates Facebook’s guidelines on advertising. It shows an image with content that is explicitly sexual and which excessively shows the body or unnecessarily concentrates on body parts.”

“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 writer,…

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