A museum hit back after Facebook censored a 30,000-year-old naked woman statue, according to a report Thursday.
A photo of the Venus of Willendorf statue that features a voluptuous woman was censored on Facebook back in December due to appearing “pornographic,” reported the Daily Mail. The ancient statue is four inches tall and one of the best-preserved artifacts from the early stone age.
The statue symbolizes fertility statue and is considered an icon of the Vienna Natural History Museum in Austria.
“We think that an archaeological object, especially such an iconic one, should not be banned from Facebook because of ‘nudity,’ as no artwork should be,” said Christian Koeber, the museum’s director, said in a statement to Business Insider.
“There is no reason for the Natural History Museum Vienna to cover the ‘Venus of Willendorf,’ and hide her nudity, neither in the museum nor on social media,” added Koeberl. No visitors have had a problem with the statue’s nudity, despite the social media censorship, he added.
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Facebook apologized for the incident saying they thought the photo was a naked woman, not a statue.
The curvaceous statue was originally found in the Austrian village Willincorf in the early 20th century.
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