Facebook will not tolerate boobies of any kind.
The tourism board for a small Australian island claims that an ad promoting ecotourism with its “Bird ‘n’ Nature Week” was unfairly removed because of an ad using a prurient pun on the “booby” species of bird, AdWeek reports.
“Some gorgeous shots here of some juvenile boobies,” the ad for the vacation package read, and featured several photos of different types of boobies.
The manager of the Christmas Island tourism board told Travel News Daily that they “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 travel agent who books trips to Christmas Island said, “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.”
Facebook automatically removes content that it deems pornographic, according to the site’s terms of service.
“Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity.”
“We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.” But it clearly does not allow photos of punny bird species.