Ban this, Facebook! (Courtesy the Courbet Museum)

Art World Abstracts: Facebook’s Censorship Network Targets Nude Paintings, and More!

A few days back, a Paris court ruled that a a man in Paris could, in fact, sue Facebook for censoring their posts—in this case, a post that shared an image of L’Origine du Monde by Gustave Courbet. And yes, that is a very explicit painting, but that is exactly the point, and seeing as Facebook employs hundreds of thousands of people around the world to flag anything it deems inappropriate for the squeaky clean environs of Facebook, hopefully this lawsuit will at least alert people to what’s happening. Banning art is bad, Facebook. Stop banning art!

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