Facebook censored the picture of Rubens. Flemings ridiculed it in an open letter to Zuckerberg

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XVI century Rubens paintings against the laws of social networks of the XXI century.

In early July, on the page of the Flemish region of Belgium in Facebook, several posts appeared with paintings by the painter Peter Paul Rubens. Facebook decided that the images violate social network rules, and deleted them. Employees, leading the page of the region, did not specify which pictures were attached to the post, but noted that they featured half-naked women–“like most Rubens paintings.”

Flemings did not like that the social network censored the work of the legendary artist. The Flemish Tourism Bureau wrote an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and created a humorous video in which they ridiculed the social network rules. “The breasts, buttocks and cherubim of Peter Paul Rubens are considered indecent. Not us, but you. Despite the fact that we secretly laugh at this, your cultural censorship makes our life very difficult,” reads the open letter.

In the video “Paintings Rubens XVI century against the laws of social networks of the XXI century” in the museum come “social network inspectors.” They forbid visitors who have a facebook account to look at pictures depicting naked people, and assign them to “safe” works–for example, landscapes.

As the Brussels Times notes, the tourism bureau, which maintains the pages of the region in social networks, had a plan to promote the Flemish culture. The Bureau planned to publish in Facebook pictures of Flemish painters of the XV-XVII centuries, such as Rubens, Van Eyck and Bruegel. Director of the Bureau Peter de Wilde said that with the current rules of Facebook, it is impossible to talk about Flemish paintings–the social network will continue to remove posts.

This is not the first time Facebook censors works of art, despite the fact that social network rules permit the publication of photographs of paintings, sculptures and other art objects depicting nude figures. In March 2018, representatives of Facebook apologized for the fact that the social network blocked the image of the statuette “Venus of Willendorf”. The moderators considered a figurine, age 29 and a half thousand years, “pornographic.”

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