Updated 2:11 p.m. PST
Facebook contacted Instinct directly regarding their removal of Visible Cultura's gay kiss image.
See what they had to say after the jump!
Facebook stated (via their Manager of Public Policy Communications): "Upon investigation, we concluded the advertisement does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. The ad is now running and we apologize for the inconvenience."
And there ya have it. What do you think, Instincters? Does this settle it?
Facebook really got this one wrong: the social network giant is investigating why its moderators removed an innocuous image of a gay kiss that was being used to raise awareness about homophobia. Details follow.
Facebook initially told Spanish group Visible Cultura that it was censoring its image based on its "political, sexual and sensitive materials" code of ethics. "For them a kiss between two men is a sensitive issue," says Pablo Peinado, creator of the group.
Adds El Pais:
The organizer explained that the photo was taken by the contemporary Spanish artist Juan Hidalgo, an art photographer who has many works in museums and collections around the world. This also used the picture to your wedding invitation and then donated it to the Visible project.
"I wanted to do a little advertising campaign documentary that took eight years preparing for and received that email," said Peinado, who replaced the original image with the "censored" work seen above. "Also, I refer to a code of ethics page straight out of prehistory."
Facebook explained to Peinado that images are sometimes removed because of technical issues rather than content. The LGBT group is waiting to receive word from an internal investigation launched by the social network.