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Facebook has come under fire for another odd decision when it comes to nudity, this time removing photo of a Renaissance statue of Neptune. To be clear, this statue was erected in the centre of the Italian city of Bologna, in the Piazza del Nettuno. Tourists pose with Neptune every day, while children on their way to school walk past it.

But an Italian art historian who uploaded a photo of it for her Facebook page ‘Stories, curiosities and views of Bologna’ was told off, because apparently it flouts Facebook’s rules and regulations.

Elisa Barbari, a writer, says she was outraged by the decision. The decision has been featured in Italy’s national press. Facebook told Elisa in a statement: ‘The use of the image was not approved because it violates Facebook’s guidelines on advertising.

‘It presents an image with content that is explicitly sexual and which shows to an excessive degree the body, concentrating unnecessarily on body parts. ‘The use of images or video of nude bodies or plunging necklines is not allowed, even if the use is for artistic or educational reasons.’

Metro