Facebook Does Not 'Like' All Art

  • March 10, 2015 15:39

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L’Origine du monde (1866) by Gustave Courbet on view at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris.
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A French schoolteacher posted an image of Gustave Courbet's "L'Origine du Monde" on Facebook only to have the famous painting of lady parts from the Musee d'Orsay collection censored by the social media giant.

He has now sued Facebook in a Parisian court. The court agreed to hear the case in May. But will Facebook be forced to adhere to French laws? Writes the Telegraph: "...this is a case of a prissy French educator suing a private company for removing something he’d posted on their property. It truly is a golden age of narcissim."

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France has no jurisdiction in the case, according to Facebook which was upholding its "Community Standards." Stay tuned.

Facebook also took a heavy hand in suspending the account of New York art critic Jerry Saltz last week. "Friends" and followers of Saltz found his prediliction for posting racy ancient and medieval art with accompanying comments or "jokes" to be "sexist" and "misogynist."

Saltz admitted in a New York Times interview that his social media posts were often meant to "push buttons." "Some of these images I know are pretty weird, no question," he said.

 

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