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  1. Mr. Scott Aron John Reynolds 18 Apr 2011, 4:34pm

    How Can FaceBook.Com BAN Gay Kiss Photos/Pictures, When FaceBook.Com Allow Gay Adult Porn Companies/Sites To Be Used On There FaceBook.Com Website.

  2. If Facebook was half as prompt at dealing with people who use the site as a vehicle for bullying other users I’d be be far more impressed.

    1. Actually, they’ve been good about removing anti-gay groups when they’ve been reported. In the past year, members of Wipeout Homophobia On Facebook have gotten over 1600 anti-gay groups and pages removed from Facebook.

  3. OK kids, time for everyone to upload a photo of two kissing persons! Let’s give Facebook administrators a ride for their money!

    1. The alternative would be to just not use a lousy site like Facebook.

      1. Totally agree with you. But sadly, I’ve seen some people so drawn to it they forgot they used to have a real life and instead only live to post on that site.

    2. VodkaJulian 27 Jan 2012, 11:50am

      They don’t mind if it’s heterosexual couples.

      I’ve had several pictures of my sister and her husband kissing on facebook, I’ve had no complaints.

  4. Jock S. Trap 18 Apr 2011, 4:42pm

    This is ridiculous. Ifit was full on sex I might think ok but seriously, affection?

    Someone needs to tell them some people are Gay and to get over it.

  5. Yes Coxygru. Already done :-)

  6. I don’t have a facebook account, so could someone tell me if all kissing photos are banned? Or is it just gay kissing photos?

    1. Eddy, nope, there is no ban on kissing pictures, as far as I know. What they consider “sexually suggestive” is actually decided by each individual administrator who reviews the reported picture.

      1. I guess the individual administrator got hot under the collar and maybe aroused when he saw the kissing photo. How else can it be sexually suggestive, suggestive to who? Or maybe FB admin just made a human mistake… its no big deal.

      2. So it’s the administrator who has issues and not facebook? Or is that an easy way for a corporate company to not take the blame and put it on a member of staff? Either way it’s just unbelievable that a TV photo of two men kissing would be taken off.

        1. At least I have an excuse for not being on facebook now – ‘they’re homophobic’ – rather than ‘I can’t be bothered with it’.

          1. Jock S. Trap 19 Apr 2011, 8:03am

            Me too!!

    2. darkmoonman 18 Apr 2011, 9:56pm

      Over its existence, FaceBook has repeatedly shown itself to be openly homophobic. This is just the latest.

  7. I think facebook responds more to complaints than anything else, no matter the content of any photo.

  8. The FB event page is still available but I think FB makes it unavailable to people who weren’t attending the event once it is passed.

  9. rcoldbreath 18 Apr 2011, 5:32pm

    Please PN, publish a photo of a gay or lesbian couple kissing every day, so we can upload it to FB!

  10. Ok even better – change your profile pic to the “banned” pic!

    1. Paddyswurds 18 Apr 2011, 8:04pm

      ….i already done that Carl, but thanks for the tip…..

  11. Dan Filson 18 Apr 2011, 6:10pm

    I suppose it’s all about where the tongues are! True Brits should kiss with their mouths closed and whilst they’re at it, talk through gritted teeth. But if you look at many many Facebook profiles, there are many with the profilee locked in a deep kiss with his/her beloved (or some passer-by for all I know). So it is a little bit of humbug.

    I’ve seen one profile pic today involving an Orang-Utan. But no bestiality, I’m pleased to say. One has to draw a line …..

    1. That post made my day, funniest thing i’ve read in a while!

      1. Ditto!
        I hardly dare wonder what ‘involving’ an Orang-Utan may mean… Feeling very reassured at the drawn line though!

  12. Does Facebook also remove a straight couple for the same thing and would it also construe that it is sexually suggestive, and if not, why not? We need clarification about that.

  13. Andy Cropper 18 Apr 2011, 6:17pm

    hi folks, in response to this I’ve created this event on FB, to take place next Tuesday 26th April all day

    please send to all your friends and post on walls and suchlike, lets see how FB responds to this

    “…This is a lovely little event just to show that we all love and that a kiss is just that a kiss.

    This is an event where everyone, gay straight, in-between, neither or other can show their love for another, this is in reaction to a recent decision by FB to remove an image of 2 men kissing. The image had been taken from a pre-watershed epsiode of Eastenders, but the image had been removed for being “sexually suggestive”

    If you can replace your profile image with yourself or an important other kissing the person that is important to them, post it on your profile, post it on other profiles. Show that love and kissing do not have to be just about sex”

    thank you

    1. Kathleen Trahan 18 Apr 2011, 7:13pm

      Great idea. I added several pics of rock and rollers kissing male on male to my photo strip and they have never banned them. I would post this pic but I do not know who it belongs too and don’t want to step on toes. A kiss is a kiss no matter who is doing the kissing.

      1. Paddyswurds 18 Apr 2011, 7:55pm

        It is a public domain pic origionally published by ythe BBC promoting the Gay Marriege storyline on Eastenders.

      2. Andy Cropper 19 Apr 2011, 12:33am

        I couldn’t agree more Kathleen :)))))

    2. Paddyswurds 18 Apr 2011, 8:15pm

      @Andy Cropper…
      ….i just posted the pic on your new page so now you can copy if you want to make iot your profile pic, folks

      1. Andy Cropper 18 Apr 2011, 8:27pm

        Thank you so much!!!!! :))))))))

      2. Andy Cropper 19 Apr 2011, 12:34am

        oops forgot the obligatory smiley :)))))))))

  14. I think it is very doubtful that facebook is purposefully targeting gay people with regards to removing this photo. Its far more likely its just a simple mistake, or as its been said someone in admin being overzealous. Also its worth pointing out one of the founders of facebook, Chris Hughes, is in fact gay.

  15. Paddyswurds 18 Apr 2011, 7:53pm

    i Just shared the photo on my facebook page so lets see how long it lasts……..

  16. Why distract attention from…

    – Combating bulling of LGBT teens
    – Securing for LGBT’ers equal protection under law everywhere
    – Obtaining equal marriage rights
    – Having fully screened LGBT married couples adopt kids in need of a loving home

    …by flaunting some juvenile, in-yer-face face-suck which no self-respecting couple of any gender pairing would pursue in public in the first place?

    The on-going struggle for LGBT rights has many priorities. This isn’t one of them.

    BTW. The folks at Facebook have been darned fair to the LGBT community (at the urging of members of WHOF Fb has deleted ~1,600 anti-LGBT groups). So why give them a hard time over a non-issue like this?

  17. I just linked to an article about this twice, once with thumbnail, once without. My two posts seem to have been amalgamated into one – without the picture. I’ve now linked to this article. Let’s see how long this one lasts.
    For FB to delete photos of gay men kissing is absolutely disgusting censorship. It is discriminatory and I am more than appalled. I am disgusted.

    1. That’s not to do with homophobic practices on Facebook, though. If you post near-identical messages in quick succession, then in order to prevent people’s streams from being spammed, Facebook has automatic coding that stacks those posts.

      The link without the thumbnail just happened to be the one on top, likely due to the time it was posted in comparison with the link with the thumbnail.

  18. Nothing shocking. There’s got to be one homophobic reviewer working for the website and that’s it. I got a youtube video about gays getting killed in several languages, the Russian and Arabic version get blocked all the time while the rest is fine.

  19. Paddyswurds 18 Apr 2011, 8:37pm

    ….Paddys Wurds is now on facebook folks

    1. I’m sure you’ll have loads of friends before the day is through, Paddy.


    2. A charmer like you will be inundated with loads of friends requests.

    3. Jock S. Trap 19 Apr 2011, 8:30am

      Would that be just the ONE name?

      1. Ha! You get today’s “Golden Retort” award.

      2. *giggle*

  20. It was most likey removed due to it being a copyrighted image of two people under contractual obligations with the BBC, so its copyright the BBC.

    1. Andy Cropper 19 Apr 2011, 12:35am

      hmm, they would’ve said that was the reason for deleting it…but what they said was the reason was for ‘being sexually suggestive’

  21. Martin santare 18 Apr 2011, 11:49pm

    Why oh why do intelligent people use facebook, when the entire world wide web is just waiting to be used.

    Facebook is quite literally the biggest con of modern times, and what is astonishing is that so many seemingly intelligent people have just swallowed the media hype in its entirety.

    Facebook, is a privately run American corporation, and can delete your account or whatever they want to on facebook whenever they please. Facebook is Owned and run by a big american company – the internet isn’t. That’s the difference.

    Then again, if you are insecure enough to need the comfort of having ten thousand ‘friends’, who you really do not know nor would like to know, then maybe the closed privately run facebook corporation is just the ticket.

    Wise up!

    1. Actually, Facebook isn’t owned by any company. It is a big American company in and of itself. And speaking as an American, why does the country it’s run from make any difference?

  22. Founder of Facebook is gay. Facebook made gay bullying and anti-gay groups against the TOS. Have some faith and realize everyone is just out for publicity.

  23. Apparently this story was just a big misunderstanding

    It seems that all that happened was the organiser of the event made its page a private one, and hence not visible to the casual visitor, in response to the predations of homophobic individuals trying to join and upset things. Then the chinese whispers effect of the internet got involved and the misunderstanding went halfway round the world before the truth had got its boots on.

  24. Gay censorship is happening. It is amazing how much right wing conservatism is now played in our every day lives. You might have gay rights, but that is all.

    Probably find everything and anything gay will be banned in the future under this new conservative world

  25. Ricardo Duarte 19 Apr 2011, 6:33am

    Am I naïve for expecting better from Facebbok? Would the same picture of people of the opposite sex be sexually agressive or not and why?

  26. It’s obviously blatant homophobia.
    I think we should all go over to Facebook and have a “Kiss-in”.

    And maybe the hundreds that promise to come won’t pitch up, Facebook will lock their doors and a few saddos will sit outside until it gets dark, and Pink News will get a few more column inches of a complete non-story.

  27. Andy Cropper 19 Apr 2011, 9:45am

    hi folks this is an update to my event, i had a video link of the “HEINZ GAY KISS ADVERT” (do a search for it on youtube)

    IT’S BEEN REMOVED!!!!!!!

  28. Wow, people can get their panties in a bunch quick!

    Facebook is a massive website with over 500 million active users worldwide. I have a feeling, the majority of the time, they operate with a blanket ban policy – if it’s reported, then it goes.

    As VP said, Facebook didn’t *actually* take down the photo, it turns out. The owner of the event made it private, thus hiding the picture from those who weren’t already signed up to the John Snow kiss in.

    1. andy cropper 19 Apr 2011, 12:22pm

      you haven’t read the full article

      “……It was later revealed that the event disappeared because it was made private by the organiser. The missing picture is another story.

      Niall O’Conghaile, the UK-based DJ and writer who originally posted about the event woke up last Saturday morning to a terse email from Facebook informing him that the photo was in violation of Facebook’s usage policies…”

      yes the picture used by the event was hidden because the event was made private but the picture was also removed from someone else’s profile, with an explanation by FB that said that the photo had been removed because it contained “nudity, or any kind of graphic, sexually suggestive content”, and was consequently “violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities”.

      1. andy cropper 19 Apr 2011, 12:25pm

        ack sorry weetzie i need to apologise, i was looking at this article when typing my reply to you, you’ll see the full info there

  29. but its ok to upload pictures of a bear that stalkes kids with pictures of kids and suggestive words… oh thats ok! … but gay isnt.. what the hell is going on in this world?

  30. How is that abusive?!?

  31. I have found what I would classify as sexually suggestive material still on Facebook but it is of partially clad women or women covered in only bubble bath bubbles. How is this kind of photo not suggestive?

  32. Blimey what’s with these guys! I’ve seen loads of pics of gay men kissing such as John Barrowman and his partner Scott Gill!

    I always knew Facebook could be stupid!!!

  33. It has been our experience, and that of many friends, when “Facebook” censors get hold of a page about which any one other member has complained, they remove the offensive post/picture WITHOUT RECOURSE. Further, any other infraction results in COMPLETE REMOVAL OF SAID MEMBER, WITHOUT RECOURSE. Facebook does not have any method of challenge to any censorship action it takes. The take no notice of arguments, reason or legitimate facts to the contrary. Thus, bullies are permitted to rule Facebook. There is no fairness or “freedom of the press” where Facebook is concerned. Their decision is final and cannot be appealed.

    1. If they are going to remove gay kiss photos then they have to remove str8 ones to there is no difference between them an it’s discrimination to remove one an not the other

  34. TextbookLeo 28 Jan 2012, 9:44pm

    IT IS TIME TO FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO FACEBOOK. Clearly, they like the role of being “BIG BROTHER”. A kiss censorship? Really?? Really FACEBOOK??? Your hypocrisy is more evident day by day.

  35. Ive reported foreign users on FBook for full frontal male nudity…And they wont allow to men kissing. Well go figure! What us wrong with this world.?

  36. Mike Wilson 29 Jan 2012, 12:19am

    To be fair to Facebook, no one actually inspects and takes down photos. It’s an automatic thing that if a user flags a photo it gets taken down and a notice sent to the user… they don’t have a person who goes through and inspects all the “flag as inappropriate” photos. It’s not feasible for the literally BILLIONS of photos from MILLIONS of users. Someone was just being a jerk. The OP can simply re-post the photo (along with anyone else) until someone flags it as inappropriate, it’ll get taken down again, rinse and repeat ad nauseum.

  37. I think it prould gay show to people what his ways life, no billied, hurt people, facebook can happen hacked on people cant help too so…. People lots happen kissn in facebook. This is needs open mind photo if they been kiss each :D x

  38. stephen shutt 29 Jan 2012, 5:58am

    facebook should get a life and deal with its own problems about bullying on here and theres nothing wrong with a gay kiss get a life face book

  39. Don’t use facebook. Simple.

  40. Chris Peach 29 Jan 2012, 11:10am

    Facebook banned my Gay art site. Considering what I see on other profiles, this was petty and just shows that FB are not really that “gay friendly”. Has anyone else had any similar experience?

  41. It happened to me too. I had pics form amsterdams sex museum from the gay section and the next day i got reported!

    1. vicci de meyer 31 Jan 2012, 4:09pm

      I posted this pic of the kiss on my wall and now my account is blocked.

    2. Is Facebook Republican owned…censoring this pic is absurd…even if they censored pics of like hetero kissing pics. The point here is that all of us need to be mindful and non-complacent of censorship…McCarthyism does not need to nor be allowed to ever raise it’s ugly head again.

  42. warriorgoddess 7 Aug 2012, 6:48pm

    Okay, I have to call BS on this one. Dear Facebook, I have looked at a never ending parade of photos from a recently wed, straight couple and while I am happy for them, they are getting a little ridiculous. There is one of him pulling her garter off with his teeth… yep, head up the dress, but the gay kiss is worse? Please. Don’t make me go on a reporting mission against all of the people who post photos of kissing, because I will make you all want to quit your job and run screaming into the night.

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