Social networking giant Facebook has backtracked on a previous decision and apologised for controversially removing a photograph of a gay couple kissing that had been uploaded to the online community.
The photograph, which was posted by Richard Metzger to accompany a gay rights blog written in retaliation to recent news that a gay couple were evicted from a London bar for kissing was taken down by Facebook with Metzger being left a notification alerting him to the removal.
Alerted to the removal of the photograph that showed two fully clothed males locking lips Metzger was accompanied by the message: ''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.''
After causing a global outcry from the gay community and the general public Facebook today issued the following update in an official statement: “The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error. We apologise for the inconvenience.”
The well publicised apology comes after hundreds of Facebook users uploaded the photo to their profiles in disgust at Facebook’s initial decision.