Facebook censors image of 16th century statue of Neptune in Bologna, Italy

Facebook censors image of 16th century statue of Neptune in Bologna, Italy
Statue of Neptune in the Piazza del Nettuno, Bologna. We would never dream of exposing you to any untoward visuals, of course. (Image: Screen grab of YouTube video from Pietro Pecco)

[Ed. – A column of metal too unclothed for the prim guardians of decency at Facebook, apparently.  Of course, the Marine Corps emblem was also deemed unseemly by Facebook’s church ladies.]

A virile, muscled statue of the sea god Neptune has fallen foul of Facebook’s prudish policies on nudity after an Italian art historian was told to remove it from her web page.

The sixteenth century Renaissance statue dominates Piazza del Nettuno, a grand square in the heart of Bologna.

A symbol of the prosperous northern Italy city, it was chosen by Elisa Barbari, a local writer, to illustrate her Facebook page, called “Stories, curiosities and views of Bologna”. …

In a statement, Facebook told her: “The use of the image was not approved because it violates Facebook’s guide lines on advertising.

“It presents an image with content that is explicitly sexual and which shows to an excessive degree the body, concentrating unnecessarily on body parts.

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