A ban on Facebook will be fruitful

Facebook censors "Venus von Willendorf"

In the Natural History Museum in Vienna, where the luscious lady from the Paleolithic is at home, you can only shake your head at the Facebook approach. "There is no reason to cover the Venus von Willendorf and hide its nakedness", says museum director Christian Köberl. "Neither in the museum nor on social media."

It is the first time anyone has complained about the nudity of the eleven centimeter figure. An unknown artist modeled Venus in the Paleolithic and equipped it with large breasts and an indicated vulva - obviously it is a symbol of fertility. Venus was discovered at the beginning of the 20th century in the Austrian town of Willendorf, from which it owes its name. The figure is not only the most important exhibit in the Vienna Museum, but also the most famous prehistoric representation of a woman in the world.

"War against human culture"

In this respect, the Italian artist Laura Ghianda certainly did not expect to call the Facebook censors on the scene when she uploaded a photo of Venus von Willendorf several times on the social network. However, the company classified the images as pornography and banned them. This is a "war against human culture," Ghianda criticized Facebook. Other users on social media see it similarly:


Facebook's stance on nudity is well known; when it comes to art or history, the network always allows exceptions. Both should actually also apply to the Venus von Willendorf, but the multiple deletion rules out an inadvertence.

The Natural History Museum Vienna did not want to put up with it and wrote on Facebook: "For 29,500 years, 'our' Venus von Willendorf has presented itself as a prehistoric symbol of fertility in full splendor. (...) We do not want to accept that and plead: The Venus must be allowed to stay naked. "

Meanwhile, Facebook has responded: "We apologize for the mistake," said a Facebook spokeswoman on Thursday. Although nude images are prohibited on the portal according to the advertising regulations, there is "an exception for statues. We have let the advertiser know that we are allowing the contribution," said a Facebook spokeswoman on Thursday (February 1, 2018).

suc / uh (afp / www.nhm-wien.ac.at)