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?