A kiss is just a kiss (calm down Facebook)

Dirk Caber

Facebook photo that banned Jesse Jackman

My friend Jesse whom I posted on my blog here was recently banned from Facebook for sharing a photograph of him kissing his partner.  Not familiar with the story? Check out the HuffingtonPost write up here.

The publicity that ensued was able to get Facebook’s attention and they quickly rectified the situation telling HuffingtonPost “In this case, we [Facebook] mistakenly removed content and worked to rectify the mistake as soon as we were notified. We apologize for the inconvenience caused due to the removal of this content.” 

One wonders if my buddy Jesse didn’t have such an extensive social network what sort of recourse he would have?  Would he need to stop posting photos of him kissing his partner? Would cuddling or hugging be too risque and result in continued suspensions? The problem has been rectified and in a way (despite the unfortunate threats made by a few to Jesse & Dirk) the resulting press has hopefully helped to foster conversations about this policy and will make Facebook more sensitive to this in the future.

I’m curious – have you ever experienced this sort of censorship from Facebook?

5 responses to “A kiss is just a kiss (calm down Facebook)

  1. yes, people report my Gay Erotic book covers and FB instantly bans them and removes them, even if they are just male torsos. Yet, they let HATE flourish. Try to get a hate site removed fro FB. Nearly impossible. Thanks for the great blog. Author GA Hauser

  2. Facebook is a very progressive company, however every “bunch of apples” is going to have a bad one now and then. I believe it would have been resolved regardless of the fan base and outcry. I’m just glad it was resolved quickly. THAT is probably what the large fanbase and publicity resulted in. Facebook hasn’t been known for it’s prompt service.

  3. I immediately posted a picture of me kissing my husband as my cover picture. Then I sent feedback to Facebook telling them to “leave love alone” and that they should spend more time going after the haters who post death threat’s and hate speech. Haven’t hear back yet…

  4. I have a feeling if Jesse and Dirk didn’t have the fanbase they have FB would never have rectified the issue. I’m glad you posted about this…it’s an outrage to the gay community!!!!!

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