Earlier this year, Facebook cracked down on a photo of a goose that appeared to be on fire. Now it has apparently suspended a user for “nudity” over photos of a rubber duck.
The craziest part is that the duck was wearing clothes.
The pair of pics was posted years ago by one Charles Foster Lime, but Facebook has just gotten around to flagging them as “nudity” and suspending Lime for 30 days. There was no nudity, though: one photo showed a pair of pants with a conspicuous crotch bulge. The other showed the fly of the pants open, revealing that the bulge was a rubber duck.
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The users protested the removal of the photo, arguing that it was just a photo of “a duck in a pile of laundry,” but things only got more ridiculous. Facebook reviewed the photo again, in light of the fact that there was no actual nudity, and decided it still somehow violated the site’s rules.
Whether you’re running past a campfire or popping out through the fly of a pair of trousers, it’s hard to be a bird on Facebook.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.