A museum has hit out after Facebook banned a picture of a prehistoric figurine.
Christian Koeberl, director of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, said there was no reason to cover the famous Venus of Willendorf.
A picture of the naked female figure — which is thought to date from 28,000 BC and is among the Austrian museum’s collection — was posted to the social media site by Italian Laura Ghianda.
Facebook initially said it was a “dangerous pornographic image”.
But the social media giant issued an apology and had now approved the picture.
Koeberl, commenting before Facebook’s apology, said: “There is no reason for Austria’s Natural History Museum covering the Venus of Willendorf and hide her nudity, whether it’s in a museum or a social network.”
The controversy comes after Facebook closed the account of a user who posted a photograph of French painter Gustave Courbet’s “Origin of the World” painting.