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Facebook Accused Of “Borderline Sexism” After Students’ Naked Calendar Banned

The female rowers have received considerable support online.

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Students have had their attempts to raise money for charity by posing in a naked calendar scuppered after Facebook branded the images as pornography and removed them from the site.

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They managed to sell 1,500 copies of the 2014 calendar and raised over £3,000 for the charity.

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However, when the rowers tried to promote the calendar on social media, they discovered Facebook would not allow the shots to be hosted on the popular site.

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They were apparently told the nude pictures breached the site’s “nudity and pornography” policy.

Sophie Bell (right), who organised the calendar, said: "It is awful for us because we had over 2,000 likes, which provided us with a large platform for reaching out to our target market."

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"We are students so we don’t have a marketing budget so we do use social media as the main way of marketing it.

"To have this page unfairly taken away is going to affect our sales for the 2015 calendar and decrease the amount we can make for charity."

The 20-year-old added: "It is a charity calendar – how can it be porn? The Facebook account for the male rower’s charity calendar hasn’t been deleted and their page is the same as ours. It is borderline sexism."

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And the women are continuing to receive support on other social media sites.

Pornography? We think not, but @facebook do! What do you think? #facebookbannedourpage

UWBC Girls Calendar@nakedgirlsrow

Pornography? We think not, but @facebook do! What do you think? #facebookbannedourpage

5:24 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow definitely not pornography; rather, it's beauty in its most natural state!!

Paul K@Med255K

@nakedgirlsrow definitely not pornography; rather, it's beauty in its most natural state!!

7:42 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow the only way to row is naked!

j-c bateman@jcbat71

@nakedgirlsrow the only way to row is naked!

8:21 AM - 18 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook "Girls", this is a beautiful, funny and tasteful photograph - to hell with Facebook. Use Twitter!

Hear The Boat Sing@boatsing

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook "Girls", this is a beautiful, funny and tasteful photograph - to hell with Facebook. Use Twitter!

9:41 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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@nakedgirlsrow @facebook this definitely isn't pornography. fb is stupid and ignorant

Trista@shavesmoothgirl

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook this definitely isn't pornography. fb is stupid and ignorant 😣

5:56 PM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow Absurd! Beautiful and fun.

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook double standards at their very worst. The money raising these girls do is superb and important to the charities!

Simon Pilkington@SimonPilko

@nakedgirlsrow @facebook double standards at their very worst. The money raising these girls do is superb and important to the charities!

8:49 AM - 17 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow it's sex discrimination plain and simple

Nick@knickerlessnic

@nakedgirlsrow it's sex discrimination plain and simple

1:36 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@nakedgirlsrow @BareReality @Scout_Willis @facebook Its typical double standard of FB and others when it comes to women.

NakedViking@nakenviking

@nakedgirlsrow @BareReality @Scout_Willis @facebook Its typical double standard of FB and others when it comes to women.

12:47 PM - 16 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

I actually think its tastefully artistic what @nakedgirlsrow is doing (+sexy). Wish I looked that fantastic.

Katrina Jørgensen@Veribatim

I actually think its tastefully artistic what @nakedgirlsrow is doing (+sexy). Wish I looked that fantastic.

10:27 AM - 18 Jul 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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