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‘Sexual’ Xmas animal cards ban

Facebook stun artist with block on innocent robin and squirrel designs under no adult items rule


STUNNED artist Jackie Charley has been banned by Facebook from selling her handmade Christmas cards because the social media giants deem the paintings of a robin, stag and squirrel too adult.

When she queried why she’d been blocked from uploading the card images to her online shop, Facebook responded: “It looks like we didn't approve your item because we don't allow the sale of adult items or services (e.g. sexual enhancement items or adult videos).”
And the story has made national news with both the Daily Mail and Evening Standard covering Jackie, from Denholm in the Scottish Borders, who managed to upload another set of her Bothycrafts cards without issue but Facebook just wouldn’t let the first three go online.
She said some customers thought it could be due to the robin’s red breast but added: “That word was never included in my description of the card – it was simply robin.”
Although she did manage to post the supposedly offensive images with her a comment: “Hilariously Facebook has blocked my Christmas cards from becoming a product in my shop due to their shameful, sexual nature – please judge for yourself. Can’t stop laughing!”
It’s the first time Jackie, whose art and craft work supports her family as her husband has a long-term medical issue, had tried to sell her Bothycrafts products on Facebook, and she resorted to directing people to her Bothycraftstudio shop on Etsy.
The animal cards are part of a pack of six original Christmas designs, based on Jackie’s own artwork using acrylic paints on canvas.

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