Video of lesbian couple touching heads rejected by Facebook as sexually explicit

A lesbian couple’s video was rejected by Facebook as “sexually explicit adult content” because it showed their foreheads touching.

Singer songwriter Sera Golding-Young, 36, and wife Frankie, 32, had released the video to publicise a new album by their band Unsung Lily.

But the film was banned under Facebook’s “Objectionable Content” rule which targets illicit images of nudity or sexual activity.

The couple said they then posted the same video with a picture of a heterosexual couple in the same pose – and it was passed by the social media giant’s censors.

Sera, from Guildford, Surrey, said: “I understand that Facebook can mistakenly reject things, but when I saw the explanation, I couldn’t believe my eyes.

“I assumed it had to be a mistake, so we then sought multiple appeals but each time we received the same rejection message.”

“We had to wrack our brains to figure out what could have possibly been so explicit about our content

“We eventually realised it might, sadly, be the image of us together.."

Sera got in touch with the American Civil Liberties Union, which contacted Facebook.

Sera said: “Facebook replied claiming the ads were rejected ‘incorrectly’ and assured us that the rejection had nothing to do with the LGBTQ content, but rather the dancing in the video.

“They would not explain why the advert with the exact same dancing but with a heterosexual couple was accepted in our tests.”

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Facebook have been contacted for comment.

Its community page says: “We restrict the display of nudity or sexual activity because some people in our community may be sensitive to this type of content.

“Additionally, we default to removing sexual imagery to prevent the sharing of non-consensual or underage content.

“Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless it is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes.”

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