tech2 News Staff Jul 25, 2018 16:51 PM IST
Flanders tourist board is angry and rightly so. Paintings of Flemish Master were exhibited in Flanders which is in the north of Belgium. In order to promote the event, the organisers went to the social networking giant, Facebook for posting ad campaigns featuring paintings of baroque painters such as Rubens, Van Eyck, etc. But Facebook soon removed the campaign oweing to its anti-nudity policy.
According to a Brussels Times report, in response to the insensitivity reflected by Facebook, Flemish cultural institutions like the Bozar and Toerisme Vlaanderen sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg stating, "Breasts, buttocks and Peter Paul Rubens’ Cherubs are all considered indecent. Not by us, but by you." It also posted a video where the 'fbi' or as one can say "social media inspectors" can be seeing telling people not to see the painting much to their surprise.
This anti-nudity policy comes against paintings which are more than 400 years old.
This has created a stir among multiple museums who have called out Facebook for cultural censorship on social media. One of the paintings that especially came under Facebook's "scrutiny" were 'The Descent from the Cross' where a dying Christ is seen bare-chested with a loincloth below. Facebook probably needs to teach itself what is aesthetically sound and that which is dangerous such as the revenge porn.
Interestingly, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently said that even though he believes in Holocaust, others may deny it, removing such videos might curb their freedom of speech. This reportedly has the potential to curb freedom of speech and expression. But clearly, Facebook seems to have paintings also belong in the category of freedom of expression.