This week Facebook pulled my ad for Paris Red because it said I was “promoting nudity.” My ad didn’t have any nudity in it, but it linked to an interview I did that featured a detail from Manet’s Olympia. That’s all it took for me to get this response from Facebook:
Here’s the ad as it appeared to the Facebook users I targeted, American men and women ages 30 to 65+, who expressed an interest in Manet:
The ad linked to Stephanie Renee Dos Santos’s blog, “Love of Art in Historical Fiction.” You can read the interview here and see the cropped image that I suggested Stephanie use—and that got me in trouble with Facebook. To be clear, Facebook did allow me to keep the post on my professional page.
Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune books editor, heard about my experience and wrote about it in a short article called “Facebook, That Prude” in the April 3 edition of the paper.