Robert: Facebook flags Newfoundland company’s onions for being “overtly sexual”

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The owners of the Gaze See Company in St. John’s were left confused after Facebook flagged a picture of onions they posted online for being “overtly sexual”. 

“We got notified the other day that it’s an ‘overtly sexual image’ that they had to ban from the site,” manager Jackson McLean says. “I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way.”

So we just got notified by Facebook that the photo used for our Walla Walla Onion seed is "Overtly Sexual" and therefore cannot be advertised to be sold on their platform… 😂 Can you see it?

Posted by The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze on Saturday, October 3, 2020

McLean admits he could only laugh at the situation.

“You’d have to have a pretty active imagination to look at that and get something sexual out of it … ‘Overtly sexual,’ as in there’s no way of mistaking it as not sexual.”

Gaze Seed would appeal the decision and Facebook would confirm that the situation was an error.

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn’t know a walla walla onion from a, well, you know,” a spokeswoman from the social media giant explains. “We restored the ad and are sorry for the business’ trouble.”

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