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Facebook Censors “Suggestive” Image Shared by Philadelphia Museum of Art

A painting by Evelyne Axell of a woman licking an ice cream cone has been censored by Facebook, according to The Independent’s Jack Shepherd. The Philadelphia Museum of Art uploaded an image of the work, Ice Cream, 1964, and later posted a follow up explaining that the image was removed for “containing excessive amounts of skin or suggestive content.”

“Her work can be understood as a critique of mainstream Pop Art, in which women were often depicted as passive, decorative objects. In contrast, Axell sought to depict active, confident women who pursue satisfaction on their own terms,” the museum wrote on its follow-up post, adding, “Axell’s provocative paintings challenge artistic conventions while also exhibiting a liberated, playful spirit characteristic of the sexual revolution of the 1960s.”

Facebook has not yet responded to Shepherd’s requests for comment.