The offending picture…

Facebook has apologised after removing an innocent picture of two men kissing from one of its member’s pages.

The image of two actors kissing in a scene from the British soap EastEnders was used by Richard Metzger, the editor of the Dangerous Minds blog, when he posted a piece by writer Niall O’Conghaile on Facebook.

Metzger was shocked, however, when he received a message from Facebook saying that the picture had been removed.

“Content that you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. Shares that contain nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content, are not permitted on Facebook,” read the message.

He was also warned that should he continue to post “abusive material in the future” his account would be terminated.

Metzger wrote to Facebook, which eventually responded with an apology.

“The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error. We apologize for the inconvenience,” said the site.

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