It doesn’t appear overly worried about white supremacists or homophobes, but Facebook has sent an ominous warning to root crop vegetable farmers whose produce could be construed as sexual or provocative.
A Canadian onion brand has just felt the wrath of the tech giant who has banned its online ad after a harmless photograph of some onions was deemed as “overtly sexual”.
Last week, the Gaze Seed Company posted an Facebook for its Walla Walla onions.
However. the company quickly received a cease and desist letter from Facebook. A company spokesperson said: “So we just got notified by Facebook that the photo used for our Walla Walla Onion seed is ‘overtly sexual’ and therefore cannot be advertised to be sold on their platform.”
According to a Facebook spokesperson, the ad was picked up by an algorithm that mistook the onions for breasts and was used to keep nudity off the platform.
Gaze Seed Company’s Jackson McLean told CBC his request to advertise the onions was turned down by Facebook for “breaching guidelines”.
“I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way,” McLean said.
Fortunately, social media saw the funny side of it all.
“This is hilarious. I somewhat have a vivid imagination and for the life of me all I see are onions. What am I missing?” one person wrote. Another added: “I hope you will be a-peeling their judgement.”
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