An advertisement for a cultural project against homophobia that featured two men kissing on the lips was temporarily removed from a Facebook page because it apparently breached the social media company's decency code.
The code bars images of a 'political, sexual or other sensitive' nature.
But the Madrid-based Visible Culture group, which posted the image – by artist Juan Hidalgo – as part of an advertisement for its 'Gay Art Looks For A Home' program, objected very publicly to the photo's removal and replaced it with the same photo with the word 'censored' super-imposed over it.
'Can a kiss between two men be inappropriate' the page administrators posted in response. 'Apparently, Facebook thinks so. … Until when are we going to put up with this Facebook nonsense? Are we really in the 21st century?'
On Friday (23 March), Facebook returned the original photo.
The company explained to Towleroad.com: 'Upon investigation, we concluded the advertisement does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. The ad is now running and we apologize for the inconvenience.'