Facebook Sorry for Censoring Gay Kiss Pic, But...

...activist reveals that site didn't actually censor the event
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2011 12:31 PM CDT
Facebook Sorry for Censoring Gay Kiss Photo, But...
The photo Facebook removed.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – It turns out Facebook is only guilty of about half of what it’s been accused of in the gay kiss incident. The social networking site apologized yesterday for taking down an image used to promote a “kiss-in” event in London. “The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, and was removed in error,” the site said in a statement, according to the Advocate.

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But Facebook did not, as has been reported in several places, take down the kiss-in event itself. Here’s what happened: The photo Facebook took down was posted by the Dangerous Minds blog to promote the event. In its initial write-up about the incident, the blog observed that the page organizing the protest had been taken down. But it was actually the organizer himself who "removed" the event, Dangerous Minds clarified. Organizer Paul Shetler explains that he decided to switch it from a public event to a private one, as "there were starting to be trolls posting abusive nonsense on it." (Read more kiss stories.)

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