As online content goes, the image of a bikini top covering a traffic sign alerting drivers to speed bumps is rather innocuous. But that didn’t stop Facebook and Instagram from removing the photograph from the accounts of German street artist “Barbara.”
The artist or artists behind the name, who want to remain anonymous, also say the platforms threatened to close the accounts entirely.
“Employees of private companies are making snap decisions on behalf of Facebook and Instagram and don’t even provide any rationale,” wrote “Barbara” on Facebook. “I think this is more than a threat to Internet freedom. From my perspective, it’s being ruined.”