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Facebook Pulls Photo Of Two Men Kissing, Blocks Pro-Equality Page


Administrators for the pro-equality Facebook page 'Have A Gay Day' have been banned from posting to their page after the group shared an image Friday night that showed two men kissing with the caption, “Did this picture offend you? Did you ever think, maybe your opinion is offensive?” As The Gaily Grind points out, Facebook subsequently removed the picture because it violated their “community standards.” This is not the first time Facebook has pulled an image of two men kissing, claiming the image violates the Social Network’s community standards. 'Have A Gay Day' released a statement following the incident:

BlockedWe posted a photo of two men sharing a kiss. The only thing visible was lips touching. The quote on the photo read, did this picture offend you? Did you ever think, maybe your opinion is offensive? We had posted this photo in the past with no issue and the last time we posted this photo was actually six months ago.

 All 106 admins of this page were kicked off of Facebook and logged out of their mobile apps and computer access. When logging back into Facebook we were told that this photo was found to be against the Community Standards for Facebook. We have reviewed the standards and feel that Facebook is in error. Many of us have received account blocks and locks from myself a 30 day ban to some with 15 day bans and yet others with only a few hours.

There is currently no way to appeal this decision. In the past Facebook has apologized to LGBT pages that had photos removed of couples kissing and restored their accounts. We are asking that Facebook wipe this accusation of being against their community standard from our record and restore our power to post on our personal pages and fan pages. This is truly uncalled for.

We have enabled back up Facebook accounts so we have the ability to still post. We ask that Facebook review their decision and promptly restore us as a page, our personal accounts and issue an apology as well as working to make sure this doesn’t occur again.
 We will do everything in our power to bring this to Facebooks attention as quickly as possible.

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  1. Shaving = perfection.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 28, 2013 12:52:54 PM

  2. Really beautiful though.

    Posted by: UFFDA | Dec 28, 2013 12:53:21 PM

  3. that looks painful.

    Posted by: Andy Towlette | Dec 28, 2013 12:59:51 PM

  4. Facebook and twitter are both rampantly anti-gay sewers.

    Posted by: Nick | Dec 28, 2013 1:02:39 PM

  5. What self-respecting gay man uses Facebook anyway?

    Posted by: Bésame Mucho. | Dec 28, 2013 1:07:43 PM

  6. @bésame mucho: what's the logic behind that statement?

    Posted by: topher | Dec 28, 2013 1:12:51 PM

  7. unfamiliar with any standards on facebook, i went the their "community standards" page, and found these categories:

    Violence and Threats
    Bullying and Harassment
    Hate Speech
    Graphic Content
    Nudity and Pornography
    Identity and Privacy
    Intellectual Property
    Phishing and Spam

    can anyone explain which of these were violated? unitl a logical and sincere answer is presented, i will side with the posters of the page.

    Posted by: northalabama | Dec 28, 2013 1:23:07 PM

  8. many self respecting gay men use facebook, what should they use, AOL? lol

    Posted by: matt | Dec 28, 2013 1:29:47 PM

  9. did FB do this of their own volition with no one 'reporting' it like some Fundie person or organization? maybe it's time to report all Fundie pages because as the photo says, "Did you ever think, maybe your opinion is offensive?"

    Posted by: mike/ | Dec 28, 2013 1:30:32 PM

  10. Well, I don't think it violates anything, but if Facebook is going to stand by this decision, I assume they'd argue either "graphic content" or "nudity and pornography".

    Posted by: Mike | Dec 28, 2013 1:42:07 PM

  11. This was probably spam-reported, once something gets reported enough Facebook has to take it down and look at it, it will probably be back up once FB sees it just a picture of people kissing and nothing bad.

    Posted by: KYLE | Dec 28, 2013 1:56:14 PM

  12. My guess is copyright infringement. The photo looks like it may have been taken from the GQ Deutschland kiss campaign and photoshopped. (http://www.thelocal.de/20131211/gq-leads-gay-rights-fight-with-a-kiss)

    Posted by: JJ | Dec 28, 2013 2:03:38 PM

  13. Several years ago I have a website and a FB page called "Gay Kissing" that only ever featured same-gendered kisses ... nothing "graphic" and certainly nothing including what I or any reasonable person would call "Nudity and Pornography." After about six months it got removed from FB by FB. No notification. No chance for an appeal.

    All it takes is a small group of people to jump on the page and start reporting images as containing graphic material or offensive material.

    I appreciate that FB gives people a chance to report images that are offensive but to have ZERO recourse and no review panel is appalling. eBay and PayPal are the same way. They can shut you down in an instant without recourse.

    Unfortunately, this rule is in their user policies that you agree to when you sign up. Remember, these sites are not democracies, they are businesses.

    Posted by: Aaron | Dec 28, 2013 2:09:31 PM

  14. Jeebus! I disentangled myself from Facebook years ago. It's an NSA scandal waiting to happen. Insidious and evil. Anyone who still uses it is either crazy or grossly uninformed.

    Posted by: Geoff | Dec 28, 2013 2:11:23 PM

  15. Facebook is a toy for bored children. This is like getting kicked out of a Wiggles concert --- you shouldn't be there anyway.

    Posted by: Hansel Currywurst | Dec 28, 2013 2:14:46 PM

  16. Ah, looks like it was taken from this photo
    or one of the many copies populating the Internet. It was the second image when googled for images of "two men kissing". I don't know who owns it, but this could be a copyright infringement case. If FB simply stated what the violation was, they might avoid accusations of bigotry.

    Posted by: JJ | Dec 28, 2013 2:21:15 PM

  17. "working to make sure this doesn’t occur again.

    Good luck with that one. They said they were going to improve last time. See how well that worked out?

    I want some people fired. That's what it will take.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 28, 2013 3:17:19 PM

  18. "working to make sure this doesn’t occur again.

    Good luck with that one. They said they were going to improve last time. See how well that worked out?

    I want some people fired. That's what it will take.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 28, 2013 3:17:36 PM

  19. "working to make sure this doesn’t occur again.

    Good luck with that one. They said they were going to improve last time. See how well that worked out?

    I want some people fired. That's what it will take.

    Posted by: Randy | Dec 28, 2013 3:18:24 PM

  20. And this is why I dumped FB back in September. It's worthless. Twitter, too considering all the hate language that's allowed on there. More people should follow suit. Both those sites can go F themselves.

    Posted by: Sean Maloney | Dec 28, 2013 3:23:25 PM

  21. I am offended. Those guys need a shave. It is bad enough guys want to look like homeless bums, but the hair all over the neck too is really disgusting. What is wrong with people?

    Posted by: KeyWestDan | Dec 28, 2013 3:29:09 PM

  22. Undoubtedly, this decision was made by Sheryl Sandberg, the COO of Facebook, another of the "empowered" feminists so many of you like to worship.....just as the decision not to really punish the homophobes of Duck Dynasty was a decision made by two women, Abbe Raven, the Chairman, and Nancy Dubuc, the President......

    Women are not our friends and never will be....indeed, they are anything but

    Posted by: RIck | Dec 28, 2013 3:46:30 PM

  23. Keywestdan, you are an immature idi*t. I feel pity for you.

    Rick, you are also an idi*t. Listen to yourself, grow up.

    Wow, how many of the posters on this website are full of it. What kind of ridiculous BS is that...

    Posted by: Draek | Dec 28, 2013 4:11:41 PM

  24. This is pretty ridiculous! In my newsfeed right now are an ad for a Logo movie showing two men kissing right next to a Huffpost column with a pic of Miley Cyrus tonguing some other woman at a bar. If they can get through their "Community" "Standards" "filters," why was this one blocked? Seems the caption was more appropriate than they imagined it would be.

    Posted by: bobndc99 | Dec 28, 2013 4:47:49 PM

  25. It’s not like Facebook is here to stay. They are already heading towards the inevitable end of all things that are but a fad.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUHT | Dec 28, 2013 5:44:27 PM

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