The Canadian company Gaze Seed was unable to advertise its onions on Facebook because the social media platform thought that the photos featuring onions were against community norms for being "sexually explicit." As a result of this controversial situation, the social network was forced to rectify.

Facebook Censors Ad Of Onions Because The Onions Were 'Overtly Sexual'

Facebook Censors Ad Of Onions Because The Onions Were 'Overtly Sexual'

Gaze Seed was paying Facebook for the advertising and was preparing to launch another ad in 2020. After receiving the response from the social network to its request for an ad for onions, they could not do anything but laugh.

Jackson McLean, the manager of Gaze Seed Co. in St. John's managed to overturn the ridiculous censorship. "We got notified the other day that it's an 'overtly sexual image' that they had to ban from the site. I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way," said McLean.

Onions Ad Was Censored By Facebook Because They Were

Indeed, in the photo of the company's seed container, you can see several whole onions stacked in a basket close to others cut in half.

According to the manager, it takes a lot of imagination to see something like this and get something sexual out of it. What surprised Jackson McLean the most was how Facebook rated onions. "Overtly sexual,' as in there's no way of mistaking it as not sexual," he said.

Facebook Censors Ad Of Onions Because The Onions Were 'Overtly Sexual'

Even so, the businessman did not exclude the possibility that this decision was probably made by an algorithm used by Facebook. "Hopefully an actual human gets to look at the photo to decide that it's not actually sexual at all," he said. "It's just onions", he added.

In the comments section of a Facebook post making fun of the situation, the company managers themselves assumed that the Facebook algorithm could have mistaken onions for female breasts:

"For anyone who can't see it, we're thinking this might be what Facebook is picturing when they see our onion photo 😂 Bunch of dirty minds over there," they joked.

Facebook Censors Ad Of Onions Because The Onions Were 'Overtly Sexual'

Facebook managed to rectify the problem later. McLean reported that the social network had approved its online ad for onions after asking for the decision to be reviewed. In turn, Facebook Canada's communications chief Meg Sinclair blamed the Gaze Seed issue on the filtering technology used by the social network.

"We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn't know a Walla Walla onion from a, well, you know," Sinclair said. "We restored the ad and are sorry for the business's trouble," she said.

Facebook Censors Ad Of Onions Because The Onions Were 'Overtly Sexual'

But according to McLean, this is not the first time that the social network has blocked a foodstuff by mistake. Little Marvel brand peas were accused of promoting alcohol consumption, for example.

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