On September 19, 2013, the Facebook Fan Page of the artist Erik Ravelo, currently working as the creative director of Fabrica in Italy, was censored by Facebook, deleted, and taken off the popular social media website.
Translated to English from Italian, Facebook communicated to Ravelo, “Your page has been removed because it infringes our conditions of use. Your page was labelled for harmful content.”
The Cuban artist, author of the former Benetton campaign UNHATE,” was previously censored by the social network for his new series of images titled, “The Untouchables.” Published on the site on July 22, 2013, the series of images obtained 20553 “Likes” in a few days.
The seven portraits, which depict the infringements of the rights of children, were considered extreme by Facebook the series was locked from distribution on the website.
On August 30, 2013, Facebook removed the image of a priest and child, created by Ravelo to denounce the abuse of minors behind the religious walls. Facebook then forbid Ravelo from uploading any more images for seven days, before taking down his Fan Page in its entirety on September 19, 2013. While Ravelo has appealed the decision, if his appeal is not granted, his page will be deleted permanently.
“This campaign promotes the rights of children, there is no reference to harm, I find no reason for censorship of this nature,” says Ravelo.
Please add your name to the petition below and voice your support for Ravelo’s Fan Page to be reinstated on Facebook and for his art to be seen by the millions who visit the networking site daily.
Say no to censorship!
The 19th September 2013 the Facebook page of the artist and creative director
Erik Ravelo, currently working in Fabrica, was censured. “Your page has been
removed because it infringes our conditions of use. Your page was labelled for
content to self harm”.
The Cuban artist, author of the former Benetton campaign Unhate, was already censured by the social network for his new series of photographs “LOS INTOCABLES”. Published on the social media the 22th July 2013,
the photos obtained 20553 likes in a few days.
The 7 portraits, whit children as main characters, in an intentionally provocative
position, were considered extreme and the visualization of the series was locked
for all Facebook users already the 9th The 30
August 2013 Facebook already removed one of the photograph, where
a child was crucified to a priest, to denounce the abuse on minors between
the religious walls. Facebook in a public notice explained that the photo was
infringing its condition and was removed, inviting Ravelo to consult the standard
of the community and forbidding him to upload photos for 7 days.
Now, totally deprived of his own account, Ravelo appeal to the social network.
In case it will be repelled, his page will be deleted permanently. “This campaign
promotes the rights of children, there is no reference to self harm, I find no
reason in this accusation”
HELPPPPPPPPPP sign Please