Facebook Temporarily Banned Gay Porn Performer For Posting Photo Of Himself Kissing His Husband

Oct 9, 2013
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Did Facebook temporarily suspend a gay porn star for posting a picture of him and his husband kissing?

Jesse Jackman certainly thinks so. The Boston-based adult film actor took to Twitter on Tuesday, claiming Facebook suspended his account because of a fairly innocuous kissing photo between himself and husband Dirk Caber.

The photo Facebook allegedly banned.

The photo Facebook allegedly banned.

Though the profile was eventually restored, a Facebook spokesperson said the site was looking into Jackman’s complaint.

I’ve just been banned from Facebook for 12 hours for posting THIS. WHAT A FUCKING TRAVESTY. pic.twitter.com/LPTJpKG7UY

— Jesse Jackman (@JesseJackmanXXX) October 8, 2013

In a series of tweets throughout the day on Tuesday, Jackman created a timeline of events. According to his feed, trouble started after he posted a photo of himself and Caber on Oct. 8. That photo was followed by a smattering of homophobic death threats from Facebook users, Jackman said.

Got my first death threat today! I’ve finally arrived! All b/c I posted a pic of me & @DirkCaber kissing at the gym: https://t.co/x1ORESYYFd

— Jesse Jackman (@JesseJackmanXXX) October 8, 2013

The next day, Jackman says Facebook removed the photo and then temporarily suspended his account, claiming that it violated community standards, according to San Francisco blog SFist.

The social network currently prohibits graphic imagery, nudity and “the sharing of pornographic content.” Jackman does not detail which Community Standard he allegedly violated.

@COPBlog, @QueerClick, and @theswordcom too. People should NOT be banned from Facebook for kissing their spouse!! pic.twitter.com/fKaobKyX4a

— Jesse Jackman (@JesseJackmanXXX) October 8, 2013

In an interview with SFist, Jackman wrote that he had “received multiple public death threats after posting this photo, endured countless homophobic slurs, and received dozens upon dozens of hate-filled messages, and yet Facebook did nothing about those disgusting comments, choosing to censor love instead of hate.”

Jackman also posted screenshots on Twitter of some threatening comments he said were posted to his Facebook.

(WARNING: Graphic language.)

Here’s just 1 of dozens of hateful comments I got before my pic was removed. THIS is why we can’t give up the fight. pic.twitter.com/mpLzROHDSz

— Jesse Jackman (@JesseJackmanXXX) October 9, 2013

Facebook restored Jackman’s profile Tuesday night…

Post by Jesse Jackman.

…but not before his story inspired a twitter hashtag, #FacebookKissOff, which is being used by Twitter users outraged by Jackman’s experiences.

Shame on you Facebook #FacebookKissOff

— Ethan Cripps (@EthanCripps) October 9, 2013

 

Now that my strep throat is gone, it is ON! #FacebookKissOff

— Samantha McDuffee (@smangela) October 9, 2013

Facebook sparked a similar controversy in 2011 after temporarily blocking a photo of a gay kiss taken during a gay rights protest. The social network claimed the pic violated the site’s terms of use, but it later lifted the block on the photo and apologized for the error.

A few months later, Facebook removed an illustration of two fully clothed gay men kissing. After an investigation cleared the cartoon of any indecency, the company apologized with the following statement: “The photo in question does not violate our Statement of Rights and Responsibilities and was removed in error.”

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