Facebook Censors Non-Sexual Folsom Street Fair Ad

Seriously – what is their problem? Facebook has rejected the GLBT Historical Society‘s http://www.glbthistory.org ad – shown here – to solicit volunteers for the upcoming 34th annual Folsom Street Fair, due to “suggestive content.”

Here is The GLBT Historical Society post about the incident:

Censored by Facebook: When we tried to purchase a Facebook ad today soliciting volunteers for the Folsom Street Fair, we were rejected outright. We’re posting the graphic here so our supporters can see it for themselves.

According to the automated reply from Facebook, we can’t use this image for advertising because it features “excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content. Facebook does not allow images that depict people in explicit or suggestive positions, or images that show nudity or cleavage….”

Our executive director, Terry Beswick, responded by submitting an appeal with the following comment: “This is an ad for a world famous street fair and charity event. There is no sex in this ad. Blocking this ad is absurd and discriminatory. Are we living in the 1800s?”
How can you help us overcome this suppression of our queer-positive, kink-friendly and perfectly appropriate ad? By sharing it as widely as possible — and by encouraging your Bay Area friends to volunteer for the Folsom Street Fair and designate The GLBT Historical Society as their charity. Here’s where to sign up: