Facebook has come under fire in Germany in recent months with its lack of attention towards fighting hate speech on the social network, and now one German photographer has decided to take a stand by protesting with what Facebook fights best… nudity.
Olli Waldhauer’s campaign went viral after he posted a photo of a topless woman standing behind a man who happened to be holding a sign with a racist message. The sign, which carried the words “Don’t Buy From Turks” pays homage to an anti-Semitic slogan from the Nazi era, and the photo came with a caption that read: “One of these people is violating Facebook’s rules,” and included the hashtag #nippelstatthetze.
To no surprise the photo quickly got banned from Facebook, but not for its racist message. As Waldhauer originally suspected, Facebook’s reasoning for the photo’s removal was the nudity.
The hope is that Facebook will one day act as quickly against hate speech as they do with sexually explicit content, and maybe with Waldhauer’s campaign and the fact that the photo has been re-uploaded and shared more than 30,000 times since being taken down, Facebook will begin taking the concern more seriously.