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Talk About A “Blooming Onion!” Facebook Blocks Ad For Onions For Being “Sexual”

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Yes, what you read is correct.

Facebook recently blocked an ad for onions because it was deemed “overtly sexual.”

Canadian seed company E.W. Gaze shared a photo of Walla Walla onions grouped together in a basket.

However, it set off an alert by Facebook and was immediately flagged.

Their explanation for blocking the photo was, “Products with Overtly Sexualized Positioning. Listings may not position products or services in a sexually aggressive manner.”

Uhhh okay, if you say so…

“I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way,” said Gaze Seed company official Jason McLean.

Eventually, Facebook did reverse the decision.

“We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps,” said Meg Sinclair, who Facebook Canada’s head of communication. “But sometimes it doesn’t know a walla walla onion from a, well, you know. We restored the ad and are sorry for the business’ trouble.”

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