Earlier this year Facebook deleted two users’ profiles after they posted an image of Gustave Courbet’s famed 18th century rendering of ladybits, Origin of the World, and just last week, MONA’s Facebook page was censored following a post promoting Stuart Ringholt’s forthcoming naturist art tours that featured a bare-bottomed couple admiring artworks (below).
Facebook supporters of Ai Weiwei have come under fire too. When Ai was accused of distributing pornography last month, Film-maker Alison Klayman posted the photographs in question (including the snap below) on Facebook, inviting followers to determine whether or not the images were offensive. For this she received a warning and her account was temporarily disabled.
Facebook’s rules state that users ‘will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic’ – but do any of these images fall into these categories? Instead of over-reacting and suspending accounts, why not let the community who uses Facebook decide what’s appropriate and what isn’t?