However, it seems that its censors have a problem when it comes to real body parts and those that have been created by human hands. Or those bits which were inspired by the gods themselves.
Italian writer Elisa Barbari decided to use a picture of a local Bologna icon — the statue of Poseidon — on her Facebook page. But it seems that he powers that be thought that Poseidon in the altogether was too much for the retired army colonels, monks, nuns and other looneys who frequent the social notworking site.
Barbari said she received a message from Facebook’s censors that said, in part, her image contained “content that is explicitly sexual and which shows to an excessive degree the body, concentrating unnecessarily on body parts.”
The statue was made by a bloke called Giambologna in the 1560s. Despite being in Roman Catholic Italy it has not managed to offend anyone.
The statue merely depicts Neptune holding a trident. He does not look particularly proud but then he has been swimming.
Barbari said Facebook was very explicit about what constitutes explicit. The company’s message to her also read: “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.”
Facebook’s censors, like film censors, have serious trouble telling what should be covered up and end up becoming a little like those in Saudi Arabia. In September it killed off an image of a naked child during the Vietnam War that had appeared on a Norwegian newspaper’s Facebook page.
It took the intervention of the paper’s editor-in-chief and the country’s prime minister to get the company to see sense. What chance has a major deity who can cause earthquakes got? Hopefully the Earth shaker will plunge his fork into Silicon Valley and remind Facebook who is boss.
Barbari’s Facebook page is using a snap of statue from behind, apparently Poseidon’s arse is not offensive.