3 February 2018

Facebook Courbet Censorship Lawsuit Has Its Day In Paris Court

A French teacher who accused Facebook of censorship when they deleted his account for posting an image of a Gustave Courbet painting from 1866, L’Origine du monde (Origin of the World)

11 August 2017

Five Van Gogh Sunflower Paintings To Be Exhibited Virtually On Facebook

Vincent van Gogh painted several versions of one of the world’s most iconic paintings – Sunflowers. In 1888/9 in Arles in the South of France, the paintings represented beauty and the ever changing cycle of life and death.

1 March 2017

Facebook Bans Painting By Leading Australian Artist Charles Blackman For Indecency

Facebook is at it again! The taste and moral police have blocked an Australian auction house from advertising a well-known figurative painter’s work because it deems it indecent. Charles Blackman’s oil work entitled Women Lovers features two nude women resting on a bed beside a cat. The painting has been pulled down by the social media giant in a gesture which undermines culture in a return to Victorian attitudes of morality and repression.

11 September 2016

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Facebook Backs Down After Banning Iconic Nude Vietnam-era Photograph

It’s been another controversial week for Facebook after an iconic Vietnam-era photograph of a girl fleeing a Napalm attack in 1972 was removed from the Norwegian writer Tom Egeland’s  Facebook page. The image was banned for breaching their code of practices as it showed a nude nine-year-old girl fleeing in terror from the American attack.  Norway’s largest newspaper later published […]

14 February 2016

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Facebook On The Rampage Removing Museum Art From Social Media Website

In the continuing saga of Facebook vs the ludicrous notion that artist’s from Corbet to Maplethorpe to even Denmark’s national mascot The Little Mermaid are obscene, we present the latest case. Meet the 52-year-old who isn’t allowed on Facebook because she’s “too suggestive”. This painting titled ‘Ice Cream’ created by the feminist, Pop Artists Evelyne Axell, in 1964 was […]

13 February 2016

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Facebook Loses Gustave Courbet Nudity Case In French Appeal Court

A French Facebook user who took the social media giant to court after his account was closed down for posting an image of Courbet’s controversial painting ‘L’Origine du Monde,’ 1866, has won the case on appeal in France’s high courts. The decision was upheld and now Facebook faces court costs worth millions. The French teacher  argued that Facebook should […]

16 March 2015

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Gustave Courbet Case: Facebook Revises Rules Over Banned Content

Facebook has unveiled a revised and extended version of its “community standards” – the rule book through which the company governs what is acceptable material uploaded to the site by its 1.4 billion users; expanding the categories that it deems as unacceptable content, further clarifying what regular users worldwide are NOT allowed to upload and […]

7 March 2015

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French Court Rules It Has Jurisdiction In Gustave Courbet Facebook Case

In January of this year a French Facebook user took the social media giant to court after his account was closed down after he posted an image of Courbet’s controversial painting ‘L’Origine du Monde’ 1866. According to Le Figaro, the world-famous oil-on-canvas was part of a promo for an art history video about the artwork, […]

24 January 2015

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L’Origine Du Monde Facebook Legal Battle – Court To Reach Decision

A French Facebook user has taken the social media giant to court after his account was closed down after he posted an image of Courbet’s controversial painting ‘L’Origine du Monde’ 1866. According to Le Figaro, the world-famous oil-on-canvas was part of a promo for an art history video about the artwork, broadcast by the highbrow […]

13 April 2012

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Your Private Photos Stolen & On Display

Two artists have created an exhibition of over 10,000 private photographs that they claim to have stolen from random people’s hard drives – perhaps even yours! Eva and Franco Mattes explained that this massive wealth of private photographs came to them by pure chance. While using a file sharing program, they realised that fellow users […]