Facebook Apologizes For Censoring Gay Kiss Picture

Good news: Facebook doesn't hate gay people! A blogstorm erupted this week after Facebook removed a picture of two fully-clothed men kissing because it "violated Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities." It was all a mix-up.

Blogger Richard Metzger had the picture—a still from the British soap opera Eastenders—taken down and received a warning after he used it to illustrate a blog post which was then posted to Facebook. But today Facebook issued a statement: "The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience".

Facebook "looks into each report" of content violation, which means some administrator may have just forgotten to drink his Monster Energy Drink that morning. But who knows, Facebook's oft-overzealous content moderation system is as arcane and unknowable as a papal conclave. Some adventurous Facebook user should post incrementally more explicit gay make-out shots and see where the high priests of Rights and Responsibilities draw the line, then compare that to the line drawn with straight make-out pictures of similar explicitness. Could be interesting! [Advocate]