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The Swiss daily Tribune de Geneve has complained after it had its Facebook account blocked when it used a famous painting of a naked woman to illustrate an article on cosmetic surgery.
The image of Gustave Courbet's 1886 oil painting "The Origin Of The World" was used to illustrate a serious report on Labiaplasty and the pressure society placed on women to undergo such surgery. The article used the famous image of a reclining nude, but hours later the paper had the image deleted by the Californian firm.
Courbet's painting The Origin of the World currently hangs in the Musee D'Orsay in Paris
The newspaper also complained that Facebook had then carried out online checks of their IT administrators.
It is not the first time that the same image has been targeted by Facebook.
A year ago a Frenchman announced he was to sue Facebook under human rights laws for deleting his account when he posted the same picture on his page.
The unnamed father of threes lawyer Stephane Cottineau said the man took the legal action demanding £18,000 in compensation after he repeatedly emailed the company demanding the page be reinstated.
He added: "This blind censorship and refusal to reply to emails suggests he is not worthy of their attention and is someone who has acted immorally or illegally.
"Deleting his account is a breach of his human rights, which guarantees my client's freedom of expression.
"It is also in breach of his rights as a consumer under French law."
Facebook's rules state users "will not post content that is hateful, threatening, or pornographic, or that incites violence, or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence".
In February last year Danish artist Frode Steinicke had his Facebook account deactivated for posting a copy of the same painting. Facebook later reactivated his account on condition he only used pictures of clothed people on his page.
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