Do these cartoon breasts offend you? Apparently, they offended Facebook. Swedish cancer awareness site Cancerfonden published an open letter (translated) to the social media company, asking that Facebook reinstate its awareness video, "Breast School" after the company took it down.
Instead of the offending circles, above, which the site used to explain how women should check for worrisome lumps and inconsistencies in their tissue, Cancerfonden said it replaced the orbs with squares.
"Now we can continue to spread our important breast school without it sticks in your eyes," the letter, translated through Google, said. Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Facebook has admitted the error and will approve the image, a company spokesperson told CNET in an email. "We're very sorry, our team processes millions of advertising images each week, and in some instances we incorrectly prohibit ads. This image does not violate our ad policies. We apologize for the error and have let the advertiser know we are approving their ads."
This is the second time Facebook's come under fire for censoring "inappropriate" images since September, when it yanked an iconic photo of a naked Vietnamese girl fleeing a napalm attack. Facebook eventually reversed its stance, stating that "the value of permitting sharing outweighs the value of protecting the community by removal."
Facebook's decision in that case superseded a previous statement that "Any photographs of people displaying fully nude genitalia or buttocks, or fully nude female breasts, will be removed."
[Via The Guardian]
Article updated at 2:01pm PT with Facebook's statement of apology.