Guys, Facebook is doing it again. They’re ruining the Internet, depriving it of its goodness. We need to step in. We need to step up. It’s time to protect these incredibly natural, oh-so-awesome boobies. Though they were only temporarily banned, we all know it’s only a matter of time that they go the way of breastfeeding photos of cartoon tits and breast cancer survivor pics.
I give you Facebook’s new censorship victim:
The Blue-footed Booby.
In a silly and bizarre move, Facebook banned an ad for Christmas Island’s tourism board telling eco-tourists about its Bird ‘n’ Nature Week. The small Australian island picked a less-than-savory caption for an ad featuring various species of the punned-out bird, reading: “Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies.”
Now, I find it to be a little creepy, but Facebook holds considerably weirder and worse stuff all over the place, and this pun made in questionable taste is nowhere near as awful as misogynistic content it frequently allows, including advocacy and encouragement of rape and violence.
Linda Cash, the island’s tourism marketing manager, assumed the ban was an accident:
“We presumed our original advert was blocked automatically so we appealed to Facebook directly who re-affirmed the campaign was banned due to the sexual language—particularly the use of the word ‘boobies.'”
Another opponent of the ban: Sam Collins, the founder of Ethos Travel:
“One of the world’s great eco-tourism destinations is being deprived of its lifeline because someone at Facebook cannot comprehend that a booby is a bird.”
The ban is weird, to say the least, but I’m pretty sure Facebook should just stop banning boobs in general — whether adorably sitting on a rock or just hanging out on a lady’s chest.
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