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Nike Markelius: Facebook's censorship is homophobic

At the end of the video ”Fallen angel” goes Nike Markelius into a bar where she is surrounded by dancing women who begin to kiss her. After that ad's been out

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Nike Markelius: Facebook's censorship is homophobic

At the end of the video ”Fallen angel” goes Nike Markelius into a bar where she is surrounded by dancing women who begin to kiss her. After that ad's been out for several days, Nike Markelius an email from Facebook with the subject line: ”Approval of your active ad has been withdrawn.”

Screenshot from the Nike Markelius Facebook page, where Facebook announces that her ad is removed.

the citation read: ”this ad is not running because it includes a picture or video perform seductive or implied sexual acts (e.g. remove clothing, provocative dancing, etc).”

your ad to appear again, she must edit out the scene with kisses. But the video shows no genitalia and the actors are fully clothed, so as a neckline, highlights the Nike Markelius:

" If I had been a man who surrounded me with women who kissed me in my music video so had Facebook not censored it. It is that you are quite accustomed to see. We are not unclothed in any way. You see no tits, just a little bit of decolletage. Facebook's censorship is homophobic, " says Nike Markelius.

" no, No, we will not remove anything. It remains on Youtube and it goes still to share on Facebook. There are also many who have done now, because many have reacted strongly and become very upset.

by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, who also sees Facebook's decision as a homophobic action.

" I react quite strongly this time, for I can feel there is a homophobia in this case. I have seen so many videos with guys where it is even more stripped and more sexual allusion. It seems to be jätteprovocerande with bare skin in combination with the lesbian women. In Facebook's eyes, it seems to be a kind of pornography, " says Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.

got their advertisement indented was Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin, for the third time suspended from Facebook for 30 days, which means that even the Messenger is turned off. This time it was done, after she put up a konstbild, which shows two men in a bed in the shape of a crucifix. According to Elisabeth Ohlsson Wallin came the suspension very quickly after she put out the picture.

works of Art from 2003 by Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin. Not allowed on Facebook. Photo: Elisabeth O

– It goes so quickly now when they turn off. So hard were it not for two three years ago. The picture I put up was from 2003, and showed two naked men, one black man and one white, set in a crucifix. You see no genitalia, but only naked skin. I just wonder where this is going to take the road. It seems that Facebook pulls much harder now. I don't know if it is the technology that senses faster or what it depends on, " says Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.

reported that they use a combination of automated technology and human intervention to review the site's content. 15,000 people on Facebook review millions of messages every week.

Peter Münster, Facebook's head of communications in the Nordic region, confirming that they have withdrawn the ad for the ”Fallen angel”. However, the object he against that the decision would be an expression of homophobia:

" I can categorically dismiss that the decision has something with the queue to do, and that our policy would have a homophobic motive. However, it is correct that the ad is in violation of our rules for ”vuxeninnehåll”, that is to say, sexual content, writes Peter Münster, in an e-mail.

– We use in ordinary cases, a combination of technology and human judgement, but I can't say if it is one or the other in this specific case, answer Peter Münster.

Facebook's rules for ”vuxeninnehåll” in ads are reported on the company's site, along with the non-approved picture on the ”sexually allusive content” and ”sexually suggestive content”. The rules says: ”Ads may not have vuxeninnehåll. This includes pornographic or sexual content or depictions of naked people.”

– Our ads policies are more stringent than our community guidelines. It is, inter alia, for the you with the ads can reach out to the people without the pre-asked to receive your content in their feed, " explains Peter Münster.

Scene from the music video ”Fallen angel” with the Nike Markelius Photo: Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin

the nudity has in the past led to the platform in 2011 took away Anders Zorn's art works ”the Girl in the loft”. 2015 disappeared images from an upcoming exhibition with the same artist in the Photographic, ”Zorn and the camera”.

The well-known image of the nine-year-old, napalmskadade girl Phan Thi Kim Phuc from the Vietnam war is another example of an image that is removed with reference to the nakenhetspolicyn.

Even the statues can show too much naked skin. 2016 avpublicerade Facebook pictures of the statue ”The little mermaid” in Copenhagen harbor.

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