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Sexualized onions: Facebook lifts ban on Newfoundland advertisement for seeds

Last Updated Oct 7, 2020 at 1:18 pm PDT

Facebook has reversed its decision to prevent a seed company in Newfoundland from using a photo of a pile of onions, shown in a handout photo, which the social media giant had deemed "overtly sexual." THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Gaze Seed Co. MANDATORY CREDIT
Summary

Facebook has reversed a decision that stopped a seed company from using a photo of onion

The social media giant deemed the photo 'overtly sexual'

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Facebook has reversed its decision to prevent a seed company in Newfoundland from using a photo of a pile of onions, which the social media giant had deemed “overtly sexual.”

Jackson McLean, the manager of Gaze Seed Co. in St. John’s, says Facebook approved the online advertisement today after he asked for a review of the ban.

So we just got notified by Facebook that the photo used for our Walla Walla Onion seed is "Overtly Sexual" and therefore cannot be advertised to be sold on their platform… ???? Can you see it?

Posted by The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze on Saturday, October 3, 2020

McLean says there was nothing sexual about the ad for Walla Walla sweet onion seeds.

A photo on the packaging shows several whole onions piled in a wicker basket and a few sliced onions in the foreground.

McLean says there must be something about the round shape of the vegetables that was misconstrued by Facebook’s screening algorithms.

The Canadian Press