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Women’s advocacy group’s ad banned by Facebook for featuring nude drawing on tote bags

By WITW Staff on October 13, 2017

A nonprofit organization that does research and advocacy for the advancement of women has been banned from Facebook after running an ad for a tote bag that featured a drawing of two naked women dancing. The bag, which was created by Melbourne artist Frances Cannon, had been meant to promote a message of positive body image and help raise funds for the non-profit Victoria Women’s Trust.

“This bag was in no way meant to be controversial,” said Allyson Oliver-Perham, the trust’s manager of strategic communications. “We are dependent on donations and need to reach new audiences … I’m just dumbfounded by Facebook’s response to this. The artwork is supposed be really nice and positive, it depicts a celebration of women supporting each other, dancing and coming together.”

“The fact is that organizations need Facebook these days to reach new audiences,” added Oliver-Perham, noting that they had sunk “months of work” into the creation of the bag.

Facebook’s questionable approach to censorship has led to scandalous incidents in which breast cancer awareness videos were removed and images of bikini clad plus-size models were censored. Even an iconic photograph of a naked child fleeing a napalm attack during the Vietnam war was initially targeted by Facebook censors, before the company eventually admitted its mistake. Oliver-Perham said the group tried cleverly altering the image to strategically hide the “nudity,” but reported that Facebook still refused to let it run as an ad.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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