Facebook isn’t just a destination anymore. Facebook is a journey. People live their entire lives through Facebook. Posting about their own lives, following the lives of others via their Facebook newsfeed. Largely this is made possible by people sharing photos of their life experiences, but sometimes those photos get banned. These are some of those photos banned from Facebook. With some of these pictures it is obvious why they were taken down. With others it’s an example of an algorithm gone wrong (mistaking one body part for another, for example). Others, well… others just defy reason. Be sure to vote up the photos you can’t believe were taken down from Facebook.
Wet, Soapy Elbows
Facebook confused elbow for, well, not elbows, and in the process brought the world this wonderful optical illusion.
Kylie Minogue Gone Teddy Bear Wild
A simple case of microphone confusion by the good censors at Facebook. Classic mic mixup.
Scandalous Elbow Exposure
Michele Bachmann and the Corn Dog Incident
There’s Just Something About the Virgin Mary
Facebook’s Feeding Frenzy
Neptune’s Wang Is Too Salacious for Facebook
A photo of Giambologna’s Fountain of Neptune in Bologna, Italy was banned by Facebook because the bronze effigy of the Roman god of freshwater and the sea has its dong flopping about in the Italian breeze. The Guardian reports writer Elisa Barbari posted a picture of the fountain-topping statue of Neptune on her page “Stories, curiosities and views of Bologna.” It was quickly banned for being sexually explicit.
Facebook wrote to Barbari: “The use of the image was not approved because it violates Facebook’s guidelines 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.”
The site quickly corrected its gaff after realizing the image is one of a near 500-year-old work of art, not a flesh-and-bone man stood atop an Italian palazzo, c*ck out, brandishing a trident.