Yesterday, someone on Facebook reported this screencap from the short film I made with Shannon Lark (link goes to our trailer, on Facebook) as a violation of Facebook’s Community Guidelines and Facebook removed it without allowing us a rebuttal.
There is nothing wrong with this image. As a friend said to me, it’s no worse than what a figure skater wears. I’ve seen much more provocative photos of people on Facebook. She is not naked. The only flesh you see is her head and her arms. If I may say so, the only thing “bad” about this image is that this dress is gorgeous and Shannon is breathtaking in it. And by bad, I mean ”badass.”
After this image was pulled, we replaced the cover image with something else and re-posted the original version of the above image from our Facebook archive (it lacks the colour correction and final font) and included an article about how petty reports take away from actual important things that Facebook’s moderators do on both the new cover and the repost.
Very soon thereafter, a different image (which does go against Facebook policy, I readily accept that) was reported and my account was blocked. I can send messages and look at my feed, but I can’t interact. Moreover, I can’t issue an appeal because my account would have to be deactivated before that could happen.
Both of these images are promoting a short psychological horror film…so obviously we’re doing something right to have offended someone so much! ;D