“Day of Nude on Facebook” — a French protest aimed at challenging Facebook’s unnecessary censorship of photos — backfired when the social media site took down the event page and suspended the accounts of some involved in the online demonstration.
Launched by French photographer Alain Bachellier, the Facebook event asked its 8,000-plus participants to publish a nude picture on Monday, Le Huffington Post reports. While some chose to post of a photo of their own creation, most instead shared copies of famous works of art that feature human figures, au naturel.
Coinciding with the final day of the European Festival of Nude Photography, theFacebook event sought to fight against “the ridiculous censorship that flouts the basic rules of our freedom of expression in the name of Puritanism or the moral rules of another age,” Bachellier explained on the Facebook page (which has seen been taken down), according to Metro France.
A spokesman for Facebook France told the Agence France-Presse that page was closed in the early afternoon.
“Facebook authorizes users to mobilize around common causes, included cultural ones, but it can’t authorize the cause itself to encourage users to disrespect their conditions of use,” the spokesman told AFP, adding that nudity is a condition of use. “Certain publications do not fall into the artistic category and fall under pornography.”