Photo of Two Men Kissing Removed from Facebook

On February 16, Richard Metzger of the blog Dangerous Minds reported that a picture he had posted to Facebook of two fully-clothed men kissing was removed from the site. In his post, Hey Facebook: What’s So Wrong About a Pic of Two Men Kissing? (which also includes a copy of the picture in question), Metzger quoted the message he received from Facebook stating that “shares that contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content, are not permitted on Facebook.

While some commenters on the post believed that Facebook automatically removes any photo that is reported as being obscene, Facebook’s policies on the issue confirm that isn’t the case:

Does Facebook remove everything that gets reported?

No. A Facebook administrator looks into each report thoroughly in order to decide the appropriate course of action. If no violation of our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities has occurred, then no action will be taken. If a violation has occurred, then you may receive a warning or become disabled, depending on the severity of the violation.

One female Dangerous Minds reader, Stacey, created a Facebook page to protest the removal of the picture. She also posted a picture of herself kissing her boyfriend in a similar pose, then logged in under a different account and “reported” the photo as obscene to see if it was removed. More than a day after reporting the photo, it has not yet been removed.

This story is similar in many ways to the numerous breastfeeding pictures that have been removed from Facebook over the past few years. Despite having a Facebook page with more than 250,000 members and plenty of strong logic for allowing breastfeeding pictures, the Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding is Not Obscene movement has not been successful in stopping the removal of breastfeeding photos. 

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colleen prinssen
colleen p6 years ago

if they do this I hope then they be 'fair' and remove the crappy cartoon YAOI. moreso when it has 12 year old characters making out.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari L6 years ago

A Swedish artist posted some of his favorite motives made by other painters on his FB site. It didn't take long before they were removed since they where considered to be in breach of the terms of use. The paintings where by a very famous painter by the name of Anders Zorn (1860-1920) and showed a barebreasted women stepping into the water, They where painted in the 1800s and beside his nude painting he has painted portraits of three American presidents. FB and its owner are basically scared stiff by anything that can get the x-tian right up in arms and need to chill and get in touch with the fact that we live in 2011 and not 1811. Besides, FB is run by a hippocrate that discriminate some and allow others.

Lika S.
Lika P6 years ago

Yet sex offenders can make profiles to target our children, and they don't get investigated until a child has been contacted...

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

I mean it's not fairy to do smth like this.

Elena Arutiunova
Elena Arutiunova6 years ago

he-he, it is their private life...

Melissa Morales
Melissa Morales6 years ago

thats not fair at all. i for one have seen n posted many pictures of women kissing women. so why can't males be given the same respect? wasnt facebook made for ppl to express themselves freely. n doesnt it not say no discrimination tolerated? i know u cant post nude pics but i bet they wouldn't b so quick to delete a nice boob shot. I Believe EVERYONE has the right to post pictures of them and there love ones without hassle or judgement point blank. its not like they were sexual pictures

Sean S.
Sean S6 years ago

They put the picture back a few days ago and apologized. Supposedly it was removed by mistake -- don't know whether I believe that, but at least they set it right.

Jo S.
Jo Skitt6 years ago

Why was this picture removed when so many animal abuse pictures, crush videos are still on facebook despite hundreds reporting them!!!
This is a disgrace

Loo Samantha
Loo sam6 years ago


Karyn G.
Karyn G6 years ago

Yet another reason to have nothing to do with Facebook.