Quantcast
Connect with us

Facebook apologises for censoring prehistoric Venus statue

Published

on

Facebook apologised on Thursday for censoring the prehistoric “Venus of Willendorf” figurine, considered a masterpiece of the paleolithic era.

“Our advertising policies do not allow nudity or implied nudity but we have an exception for statues. Therefore, the ad with this image should have been approved,” a spokeswoman for Facebook told AFP.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We apologise for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ad,” she added.

The controversy began in December when Italian arts activist Laura Ghianda posted a picture of the artwork on the social networking site which went viral.

After it was censored she said that “this statue is not ‘dangerously pornographic’. The war on human culture and modern intellectualism will not be tolerated.”

Her outrage was echoed by Vienna’s Natural History Museum, where the statue is displayed.

“Let the Venus be naked! Since 29,500 years she shows herself as prehistoric fertility symbol without any clothes. Now Facebook censors it and upsets the community,” the museum said in a statement.

ADVERTISEMENT

The 11-centimetre (4-inch) statue was discovered in the Austrian village of Willendorf in the early 20th Century.

It dates from the early stone age and is “the most popular and best-known prehistoric representation of a woman worldwide,” according to the museum’s director general Christian Koeberl.

Facebook is regularly criticised over content which it bans or indeed content it allows to be published.

ADVERTISEMENT

On March 15, a French court is due to pronounce on the decision by the California-based social networking site to close the Facebook account of someone who posted a photo of 19th century French painter Gustave Courbet’s “Origin of the World” painting, which depicts female genitalia.


Report typos and corrections to: [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

GOP embraces Trump’s military clampdown after stoking conspiracies about Obama invoking martial law

Published

on

Senate Republicans who once pushed a conspiracy theory that former President Barack Obama would impose martial law had no problem with President Donald Trump threatening to send the military into American streets against the wishes of governors or police backed by the National Guard unleashing tear gas and rubber bullets on peaceful protesters to clear the way for his photo-op in front of a church.
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

‘He didn’t do anything!’ Wisconsin cops jump man on bicycle as peaceful protesters object

Published

on

On Tuesday, a Twitter user posted an incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin involving a line of police officers and a crowd of peaceful protesters.

In the video, the officers can be seen charging a man on a bicycle, jumping on him as he collapsed. "F**king scum!" the man recording the video can be heard shouting. "He didn't do anything! F**k you!"

The police then gassed the crowd and fired rubber bullets, as people in the crowd shouted "Don't shoot!" and "We are peaceful!"

Watch below:

This Just took place in Milwaukee, WI.

Continue Reading
 

Breaking Banner

‘They want to kill us’: Police in Massachusetts slammed for tear-gassing black protesters

Published

on

The racial dynamics that launched nationwide protests were on full display in Brockton, Massachusetts on Tuesday night.

Here are some of the videos from the scene.

Brockton is the Blackest city in Massachusetts, nestled in a racist county with some of the worst inequality in the state.

Tonight, the cops are opening fire into a completely peaceful crowd. #BlackLivesMattter pic.twitter.com/JJpho9iYKm

Continue Reading
 
 
You need honest news coverage. Help us deliver it. Join Raw Story Investigates for $1. Go ad-free.
close-image