Facebook removes pic of gays kissing over ‘abusive material’ accusation

April 21st, 2011 - 6:20 pm ICT by ANI  

Facebook London, Apr 21 (ANI): Social networking site Facebook removed a picture of two men kissing after it deemed it to be “abusive material”, and also issued the person who posted it a warning.

Niall O’Conghaile was told pictures that “contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content, are not permitted on Facebook”.

“Additional violations may result in the termination of your account. Please read the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities carefully and refrain from posting abusive material in the future,” the Daily Mail quoted the site as telling him.

The offending picture, a still from a scene in EastEnders, was used as the profile image of an anti-homophobia event held in a London pub last week.

In protest at the removal of the picture, a Facebook group, called ‘Kissing is cool’, was set up which encouraged users of the site to change their profile image to a photo of two people of the same sex kissing.

Facebook has since apologised for their “error” in removing of the picture.

“The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience,” a statement read. (ANI)

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