Thursday, July 9, 2015

Blocked on Facebook for Posting Diego Rivera Nude of Black Woman Representing Africa (1933)

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit Exhibit, Detroit Institute of Arts, 2015
Source of image: Creative Voice: Highlights Diego Rivera & Frida Kahlo in Detroit @ The DIA 3.14.15,

Facebook, the new Puritan Inquisition, will ban you for 24 hours if someone reports you for violating community standards. Evidently, posting images by Mexican artists of nude women of African descent (for example, this preliminary drawing by Diego Rivera for the Detroit Industry murals at the Detroit Institute of Art, 1932-33) violates these standards. (I posted this image yesterday on my Facebook page as as part of an album on the current exhibit at the DIA.) I have been banned until tomorrow and will be posting exclusively on Twitter, Instagram, and

As Facebook indicates every time I try to post an item, comment or like:

This Feature is Temporarily Blocked
You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature. For more information, visit the Help Center.

To keep from getting blocked again, please make sure you've read and understand Facebook's Community Standards.
The block will be active for 23 hours more.
If you think you're seeing this by mistake, please let us know.

Facebook Censorship Notice
This is the video Facebook does not want you to see because it violates its Community Standards:

This is not the first time I have been reported for violating community standards. Last year (2014) it was for posting images of a performance in Old San Juan (Puerto Rico) involving public nudity. Three artists were arrested by the police. The event was covered in the local press; see TuNoticia, El Nuevo Día, NotiCelMetro, Primera Hora.

NotiCel YouTube video of Artistic Drawing Performance in San Juan that Led to Arrests 2014

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