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Facebook deletes user over 'innocent' lesbian kiss photo

Carlotta Trevisan posted a picture of two lesbians and two soccer stars kissing to support gay rights, and Facebook deleted her profile claiming the picture violated their community standards
Carlotta Trevisan posted a picture of two lesbians and two soccer stars kissing to support gay rights, and Facebook deleted her profile claiming the picture violated their community standards

A Facebook user had her account deleted after posting a picture of two lesbians and two soccer players kissing to support the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT).

Facebook have since claimed the deleting of her profile was a mistake and had nothing to do with the photo.

Carlotta Trevisan, 28, from Turin, Italy posted the picture in support of gay equality on her profile on 15 May.

Trevisan thought the image of two lesbians kissing with rainbows painted on their cheeks was completely innocent, but soon received a message from Facebook telling her to remove it immediately.

Facebook claimed the image ‘violated the community's standards on nudity and pornography.’

‘What was the harm with this photo, especially when so many like this can be found on Google?’ said Trevisan.

‘How can one photo provoke such sensitivity?’

Other users of the social media site reportedly complained to Trevisan about the picture too.

One user described the picture as ‘disgusting’, and another wrote: ‘Take it down. I have young children to protect.’

Trevisan, who has taken part in protests for gay rights, said she didn’t think the picture was provocative.

‘When I see people of the same gender kissing, I only see love, nothing else. It doesn’t bother me’ she said.

Tervisan, who has a six-year-old daughter, refused to remove the image and her profile was promptly deleted in the evening, a civil rights website reports.

When her account was restored three days later on Sunday, she sent the picture to her friends who all reposted it in protest of Facebook’s overreaction to the picture.

A few days before, Trevisan posted a picture of Spanish soccer players Ivan Rakitic and Daniel Carrico kissing too.

Trevisan said the fight with Facebook moderators was an important lesson for her daughter.

‘I’m thinking of her future’ she said.

Facebook said her account was deleted by mistake and had nothing to do with the photo.

‘In an effort to quickly and efficiently process reports we receive, our community operations team reviews many reports every week, and as you might expect, occasionally, we make a mistake and block a piece of content we shouldn¹t have.

We can understand how people can be frustrated with this when, as in this case, a mistake happens’ a spokesperson said.
 

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