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Facebook sorry for removing breast cancer awareness video

AFP
Published : Oct 22, 2016, 1:29 am IST
Updated : Oct 22, 2016, 1:29 am IST

Facebook has apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was “an error”.

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Facebook has apologised for taking down a breast cancer awareness video because the images were flagged as offensive, saying the move was “an error”.

Swedish cancer charity Cancerfonden said on Thursday that its video explaining to women how to check for suspicious lumps, featuring animated figures of women with circle-shaped breasts, had been removed from the US social networking site. “We find it incomprehensible and strange how one can perceive medical information as offensive,” Cancerfonden communications director Lena Biornstad told AFP.

 

“This is information that saves lives,” she said. In a tongue-and-cheek open letter to Facebook, Cancerfonden had offered a different version of the offending round cartoon breasts. “After having tried to meet your rules for several days without succeeding, we have now reached a solution which will hopefully satisfy you: two pink squares! This cannot possibly be offensive,” the charity wrote, along with a picture of the new straight-edged breasts. A Facebook spokeswoman later apologised for removing the video.

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