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Facebook Censors Famous Works of Art

Should Facebook Censor Famous Art?

Art censorship is back in the news, but this time it's no crazed museum visitor punching a painting, it's Facebook deactivating profiles for featuring Gustave Courbet's 1886 painting The Origin of the World. This isn't the first time the controversial painting that features a NSFW up-close vagina has faced censorship roadblocks. In the last couple decades books using the work of art on their covers have been taken off shelves and out of window displays.

But when it comes to Facebook, the debate centers on whether or not it's the site's duty or right to ban people from putting up a famous work of art on their personal profiles that could be seen by people of all ages on the wall of a museum (in this case, the Musée d'Orsay in Paris). What do you think? Should these paintings abide by Facebook's rule that users can't "post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic, or that incites violence, or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence," or should they be exempt?

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