Facebook reverses stance on 'too sexy' Molly Malone statue

Facebook have backed down and apologised over a decision to ban as “too sexy" an advertisement  with a photo of the well-known Dublin statue of Molly Malone.

Molly Malone's world famous statue - deemed too sexy to use by Facebook

Molly Malone's world famous statue - deemed too sexy to use by Facebook Image by Heather R / CC BY 2.0

Local author Frank Whelan was candidly told by the social media outlet that they wouldn’t use the cover of his book because it had a busty picture of the Molly Malone statue.

Their decision was taken, the Irish Independent reported this week, because Facebook initially understood that the advert was for a dating site. Even when Whelan explained that the ad was for his novel, the well-known fishmonger was still considered too hot by Facebook.

The author was told by a member of the ads team that his image didn’t fit with their policies. It was outlined that ads could not be accompanied by overly sexual images or nudity or with a focus on cleavage or specific body parts.

Even when the writer emphasised that the “offending” statue was positioned in the middle of Ireland’s busiest thoroughfare, Facebook replied by underlining that their view on the matter remained unchanged.

However when his plight was picked up by a newspaper, Facebook hastily reversed their Molly Malone decision.

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