I have or should i say had a Facebook page that I used mostly for business reasons, and keeping in touch with fans and letting them know what I was working on. This past Tuesday, I posted to my page the new cover to the upcoming issue of NUDE because I have a new piece of art in it. I added a link to pre-order the issue and I made the cover my profile picture for the day.
I woke up Wednesday morning to find my profile picture was gone. I immediately went to my email and found a message from Facebook stating:
So I followed the link to see if there was anymore information to help and got this:
The image was the cover of the new issue of NUDE. I'll give it that it is one of the sexier covers that Carrie has shot, but was there anything to censor? Even though I had viewed the image many times now, having worked with it to put it on the Carrieleigh.com website, I had to pull up the image again to really look at it. This cover is going to sit on shelves at Barnes and Noble and Borders. It will be up on Amazon.com. Maybe Carrie missed some "naughty bit" that could not only get the image pulled from Facebook, but hidden from display at the book stores.
This frustrated the hell out of me. I am not a sit down and just take it. I make calls, I write letters, I try to get and answer... but you can't with Facebook. No way to really contact anyone. No emails for sure. I was to then forced to just sit and take it while someone played judge and jury with the images on my page. Facebook's own Gestapo of censorship.
I wasn't done, I got a little hot-headed this time and I added, right on the image, below the image, and in big enough type to read at a small size, I wrote asking to please look at the image before taking it down again. Maybe not as friendly as that, but that is the gist of it. Then I went on about my day.
Let me just add in here that the page I had with Facebook was completely set to private so the only way you could see anything on my page would be to be on my "friends" list. I do this intentionally for these reasons because as an artist who does nudes and work that may be risque for some, I want to make sure that only the audience I chose can see and no children can have access.
This is not my first run-in with censorship on Facebook, I guess. I have had artwork of nudes removed. Tastefully done artistic nudes, but it didn't seem to matter. If I drew a nipple, it was gone. I guess if it is not Titian or Michelangelo, it is then naked and not art. This doesn't explain the magazine cover though, and there seems to be no-one to ask "why?".
Maybe I shouldn't have called them Censor Nazis... Maybe Facebook sucks.