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Facebook blocks more than 100 users for posting photo of two men kissing

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  1. Isn’t this part of an image from GQ Germany Men against homophobia, Oh the irony.
    Iv’e just recomended it on my facebook page, await results!!
    Just think all that loss of revenue when your subscribers revolt facebook, no clicks no Moula.

  2. Chris Thody 31 Dec 2013, 2:11pm

    I can’t recommend or like this article to Fb from this page, I’ve linked to it.. I’ll let you know what happens!

  3. Are people still using facef8ck? I know younger people avoid it now as it’s passé, but most people I know have dormant accounts at best.

    1. Not a sweeping statement at all?

    2. Considering the facebook page in mention has over 500k followers, I think some people still use Facebook.

      1. .....Paddyswurds 4 Jan, 11:12pm

        When you consider that that figure is a great amount less than the billion + touted at the floatation

  4. Gracing the pages of facebook, this is apparently inoffensive and allowed…….. shame on facebook

    https://www.facebook.com/GayMarriageIsDisgustin

      1. Frank Boulton 4 Jan, 2:12pm

        I thought that this Facebook page might appreciate America’s Best Christian’s discussion of traditional marriage in the Bible:

  5. I think slogans such as the one on this poster may be counter-productive.

    As with Stonewall’s bus campaign, I don’t think a confrontational approach is the best. It puts backs up, and may effectively entrench homophobic views.

    1. Totally disagree with that, LGBT men and women have been standing in the background far too long, if we don’t confront homophobia and bigotry then it will never end. You hang about in the background if you wan’t and let the ones with balls do what needs to be done.

      1. I’m not arguing for silence, just arguing against the confrontational approach. To really change opinions, more positive messages are needed. Telling people they’re out and out wrong, ‘just-because’ they are, will only make those with homophobic opinions dig-in.

        1. twitless 1 Jan, 11:11am

          If anything it is not confrontational enough. It could have said…

          “Find this offensive? Then move to Uganda where doing this will get you life imprisonment. You will feel right at home.

    2. Yeah, best to remain silent and submissive in the face of bigotry, we don’t want to cause a fuss by using our rights now do we?

      /sarcasm

    3. Counter-productive? Someone thinking gay men kissing is wrong IS offensive. What I think is counter productive is for us to constantly make excuses for bigotry, constantly handling bigots with kid gloves and not calling them what they are. THAT is counter-productive for all of us who grew up learning that homophobia was ok, because even those of us who are supposed to be trying to fight it are too eager to be nice to the people attacking us.

    4. It’s not being confrontational to want the same rights as everyone else, Grow a backbone and stop being a snivelling uncle tom by name and nature.

    5. Frank Boulton 4 Jan, 2:26pm

      The boot’s on the other foot, Tom. Bigots interfering in what they imagine goes on in other people’s bedrooms is the confrontational thing. We’re just defending our right to the peaceful enjoyment of life and freedom, which most people take for granted.

      The past 50 or so years prove that the voice of reason have moved LGBTI rights significantly forwards. When I was a teenager in the late 1960’s the word “homosexual” couldn’t even be found in most dictionaries. Now I live in a country (New Zealand), where 2 out of three people support same-sex marriage. So, I don’t think that we can say that our campaigning is entrenching homophobia. We have reason on our side.

  6. Would it be wrong to think zero users blocked for posting pictures of two women kissing?

  7. Mark Zuckerberg is a publicly known Republican financial supporter. The gay co-founder of Facebook, Chris Hughes, left years ago and now runs the New Republic, an anti-Republican website. Just saying.

  8. I’ve been reading about FB blocking anything close to a gay thing or homoerotic thing for ages now. And I’ve been wondering: isn’t at least one of the founders/owners of FB gay?

    We don’t need any church or religious fanatics to do the gaybashing, we have gay entrepreneurs, producers, film-makers, to do it. And we also have the forums on gay blogs and gay online publications where gays happily bash other gays.

    Interesting, isn’t it?

    1. Mark Zuckerberg is an atheist. Though he could be a bigot too I guess. I don’t think this has anything to do with him though. Probably some homophobic administrator.

  9. Tom Cotner 31 Dec 2013, 3:25pm

    Just one more reason that I do not use Facebook, nor will I ever. I cannot imagine anyone using it – total waste of time – and grabber of useful time.

    1. Some people desperately need it to validate their existence and it is where friends are made and people can like your post, and that is affirming for a certain type of person blah, blah, blah.

  10. Same sex, Equal marriage now the law of the land in New Mexico and Utah !!! The Hill Airforce Base in Utah are ready to perform same sex marriages on Base for those service personell who want to get married ! It’s Federal Law.
    Come on, a same sex couple kissing gets banned on facebook, Seriously? How many people still inhabit the 20th century. Just get over it.

  11. Erik Slebos 31 Dec 2013, 3:44pm

    I made the following posting with the photo on my Facebook:
    Facebook seems to loose its touch with reality. I left them before but came back.
    But I will not use this account anymore permanently.
    They have their principles and I have mine. Their decision to ban this photograph and saying that it is against their “community standards” offends me.
    I cannot be part of a homophobic community as Facebook seems to be.
    Read the article on PinksNews:
    http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2013/12/31/facebook-bans-more-than-100-users-for-posting-photo-of-two-men-kissing/
    You can find me on Linkedin.
    Have a good 2014
    Erik L.B. Slebos

  12. I have seen far more worse pictures on Facebook than that. With far more worse i mean real porn!

  13. I posted this on my page along with two women kissing was not blocked at all

  14. You realize that you are a little late, right? lol

    This has already been resolved. The famously admirable George Takei had his “people” contact Facebook on behalf of the group, and FB confirmed that the automatic system did this after a bunch of right-wing religious trolls all jumped on the image to report it.

    The admins were allowed back in, the image is no longer being banned, and the Have A Gay Day page has been given “protected” trusted status by Facebook to prevent the trolls from abusing the system and censoring free speech.

    Now that FB has added the page to this trusted group, the trolls can no longer abuse the system to force their views on people and silence opinion.

    I am often critical of FB over these things, but they did right on this occasion. The disappointing thing is that it took a celebrity to get it fixed and “regular” people still have no method of fighting back.

    1. Thanks for clearing this up:)

    2. Michael Knote 31 Dec 2013, 5:47pm

      Thanks for following the story and for commenting. -Michael, Have A Gay Day

  15. The question tht immediately springs to mind is, “are not gay people members of our community”? And if they are deemed to be so, what is all the fuss about?
    It just makes us all realise that homophobia is still underlying many of our so called “institutions”.
    A great step backwards and a poor start to 2014 m’thinks.

  16. It’s not the image that causes the issue its the statement underneath it.

    1. The same site which allows users to post clips of graphic head decapitations? Yeah right.

  17. I find Facebook’s opinion GROSSLY OFFENSIVE!!!!!
    It says little for Facebook that they so readily block something as trivial as this photo but are quite happy to have Facebook inundated with crap from Duck Dynasty … blatant homophobia, racism and child abuse [advice to marry a 15-year old].

  18. Michael Knote 31 Dec 2013, 5:45pm

    I am the owner of Have A Gay Day “Michael Knote” Facebook removed our ban and set us back in good standing as of a couple days ago. They said it was an auto removal because some people had targeted the image ex. multiple people reporting it all at once.
    Thanks so much and thanks to George Takei for his his restoring our accounts and also a thank you to everyone else that shared the story ex.

    1. I’ve also had a few posts removed before, not associated with your page though. They were the usual kind of posts questioning religion’s take on homosexuality, quoting all the other contradictory things it says in the Bible that people ignore today etc. I do have religious people who are on my friend list, so I imagine a few of them must have flagged the posts anonymously. I just reposted again and said ‘If it’s removed again I’ll just keep on reposting it, so whoever’s flagging it will see it reposted multiple times along with everyone else. What may have once gone by almost unnoticed will now be seen endless times over’. I never did find out who flagged the posts lol. The people who are religious on my friend list all say they’re pro-gay, but someone flagged the posts. They don’t do it any more though, because they know I’ll make an even louder noise about something they wanted removed.

  19. Robin Corser-Langford 31 Dec 2013, 6:17pm

    As a gay man aged 64, i really think that face book need to get a grip on everyday life, or they will find many users both young and old deleting their accounts, I FOR ONE. So come on face book buck your ideas up, or face going to the wall, ie; going out of business, there are plenty of social media groups out there who will take your place, after all we are in the 21st century.

  20. But a video of a woman being beheaded is ok then. That’s one of the reasons I gave up on FB.

  21. How many violent deaths do kids see on TV, film or video ‘games’ every day? How about the illegal invasions that our government is constantly involved in that kill, maim, displace, widow and orphan millions of innocent civilians? They see hatred and violence everywhere, but ‘heaven forbid’ that they should see two men kiss in a picture.

    The picture itself is quite arty and looks good. If anyone today is honestly still shocked at seeing two men or two women kiss, exactly which rock have they been hiding under for the last ‘God’ knows how many years? Most people don’t bat an eyelid at a gay couple kissing these days. Clearly some people are still locked into their own pathetic little world.

  22. What a shameful action of the facebook managers! Does this reveal their true and hidden
    attitude, I shall indeed consider to withdraw my account!

  23. Stephen Mead 31 Dec 2013, 10:19pm

    I thought one of the founders of Facebook was gay. Has the photographer of the piece filed a compaint about copyright issues? If not, Facebook is showing a narrowness that goes against Have-A-Gay-Days thought-provoking social platform for networking. Quite some time ago I created a piece, “31 Kisses”, depicting people of all sexual orientations as a celebration of spiritual intimacy. Feel free to re-post it on any of your social networks or elsewhere! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmvLuUaJstQ&list=UUlsarWjnbTX-YCyCULIydow&feature=player_detailpage

  24. Kristyana Finch 31 Dec 2013, 11:35pm

    Things in Facebook world are distorted it seem like all of the USA by the fervor of the religious right. I note that however offensive the veiws of the gun lobby there it is apparently never anything offensive when you report.

  25. john lameck 31 Dec 2013, 11:37pm

    I’ve got something that Facebook can kiss, and its a lot further south than my lips!
    Glad I chose to NOT join their network.

    1. Heh heh :) Good comment.

  26. It did not offend me, it turned me on… just saying

  27. With great respect to PinkNews, may I suggest that this issue is so important that all of us involved with PinkNews ought to support an action against Facebook for this outrageous and inarguably homophobic behaviour on Facebook’s part? What can the internet techies amongst us dream up to make it clear to Facebook’s overseers that such homophobia is intolerable?

  28. Can we space the thumbs and thumbs down buttons please? I keep either negging people or reporting people by accident. Grrrr sorry peeps :(

  29. Stevil 2 Jan, 3:40pm

    I have to agree with some saying this particular image is the wrong way to approach the issue. It sexualizes our relationships and encourages and helps support the opposition’s view that all we care about is sex. I’m not saying we should lay down and accept the abuse and discrimination. I am saying we have to be smart, which shouldn’t be too difficult considering the opposition, and help the everyday person relate to us

    1. Frank Boulton 4 Jan, 2:49pm

      So, Stevil, how does a picture of two men kissing show that all that they care about is sex, when a picture of a man and a woman kissing doesn’t show the same obsession? The notion that when a man and a woman show affection it’s “love” but when we do it it’s called “lust” needs to be challenged, because it is quite simply a double standard. In a world, where there is so much hatred and violence, we should take pride in the fact that the images promoted by LGBTI people throughout the world are predominantly images of love and peace.

  30. Get over it

  31. Nothing wrong with it

  32. I bet if we all reported pics of Jesus as inappropriate they would quickly change their policy!

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