Facebook censors advertisements for online art sale

August 22, 2017

Fine Art Bourse’s ads for Erotic, Fetish and Queer Art and Objects contravene nudity policy

Adverts for the relaunch of a sale by online auctioneers Fine Art Bourse have been censored by Facebook because they feature nudity. Any reference to the web address for the Erotic, Fetish and Queer Art and Objects sale, due to take place on September 12, contravenes the social media giant’s advertising policy.

The advertisements in question feature late 19th-century paintings of naked men and women, along with a video about the auction. According to Facebook, all advertisements that feature nudity, even, “the use of nudity for artistic or educational purposes” are forbidden.

Read the full story in The Art Newspaper.

To learn more about social media censorship, listen to The Artsy Podcast, No. 41: Art and Censorship in the Age of Social Media.


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