Cerne Abbas: A Very Naughty Boy

 Facebook blocked me from promoting my piece which had an a image of the Cerne Abbas Giant on. So I sent this to Facebook:

“I’m dismayed my advert has not been approved. It has been marked as having ‘adult’ content; please can you explain this? This is an educational piece about Celtic heritage.”

This was their response:
“Hi Mabh,

Thanks for writing in. I’m here to help. 

Your ad was rejected because the image doesn’t follow our ad guidelines. Ads may not use overly sexual images, suggest nudity, show a lot of skin or cleavage, or focus unnecessarily on specific body parts. This is also applicable to the images present on your Pages.

Please make the necessary edits and recreate your posts. If it’s an ad created from the create flow, you can edit it in your ads manager:

Review our policies on ad images here: 

Let me know if you need more help from my end. Have a great day.



Facebook Ads team


Is it just me or has she completely ignored my original query? Anyway, this was my follow up email: 

“Hi Jane,

The picture is of, and I can’t stress this enough, a national monument. It is a piece of history and certainly not pornographic or ‘overly sexual’. Please reconsider your decision based on the facts. The Cerne Abbas Giant is thousands of years old and can be seen by anyone. What are you achieving by blocking its image on Facebook, other than irritating a paying customer and her audience?


Mabh Savage”

What do you think guys? Am I onto a loser with this? I’m just riled that they consider the Cerne Abbas giant, a piece of much loved history, too sexual for Facebook.

4 Comments on “Cerne Abbas: A Very Naughty Boy

  1. Give em hell Mabh and if there’s any way I can give them some for you as support just shout. Given some of the horrific sexist, racist , violent, animal cruelty stuff that facebook doesn’t seem to mind on it’s pages, I think their priorities are seriously wonky


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