Ad for onions removed by Facebook for being 'overtly sexual'

Gaze posted a photo of onion seeds for sale late last month on Facebook.

However, soon after publishing the seemingly innocuous post, which advertised “Onion, Walla Walla Sweet” seeds for $1.99, the company got a notification from the social media giant declaring the photo of the vegetable was “overtly sexual” and had to be removed.

The notice informed the company that “listings may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner.”

Store manager Jackson McLean told BBC he felt it might have something to do with “the round shapes” of the onions that flagged Facebook.

A representative for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BBC “automated technology” is used to censor images.

McLean appealed the decision and Facebook reportedly restored the ad, but not before the story picked up traction with shares and likes on the company’s page.

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