Censorship on Facebook has reached a level of absurdity. Even seemingly innocuous Christmas images are considered too graphic for sensitive users.
A post with over 11,000 shares dating back to 2015 was given a blackout covering, with the words over it, “This photo may show violent or graphic content.” But instead of a gory image or a disturbing picture underneath it, there was a painting of Santa Claus kneeling at the manger, worshipping the infant Jesus. When the photo was uncovered, the caption read, “This photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to see it.”
Two Facebook users posted the painting within the last 4 hours, and both times the image was covered up.
Facebook Community Standards give reasons for putting a warning screen on certain posts. “We include a warning screen so that people are aware the content may be disturbing,” say the guidelines. “We also limit the ability to view the content to adults, ages eighteen and older.” The images censored include, “Imagery featuring mutilated people,” “photos of wounded or dead people,” “dismembered animals,” “animal abuse,” “child abuse,” “violent death,” “torture,” “physical bullying,” and “grievous injury.” Images of fetuses and birthing are also labelled “so that people are aware the content may be sensitive.”
None of these instances are in the painting of Santa kneeling in front of the infant Jesus.