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Facebook 'sorry' after banning picture of nude figurine

Facebook 'sorry' after banning picture of nude figurine
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By Chris Harris
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A picture of a nude, prehistoric figurine was banned from Facebook and called a "dangerous pornographic image". Now the social media giant has apologised.

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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.

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