Jul 24, 2018

Facebook angers Flanders with Rubens ban

The Flanders Tourist Board has written an open letter protesting against Facebook's "Cultural censorship" of adverts showing paintings by Flemish painter Peter Paul Rubens. The letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was signed by the chief executive of Visit Flanders, Peter de Wildes, and supported by a network of museums and cultural institutions. "After all, we want to use your platform to promote both our Flemish masters as well as Flanders - because art lovers use Facebook too." "If Peter Paul Rubens had created a Facebook account in his lifetime, he would have had an extraordinary number of people following his fan page." Poking fun at Facebook, the tourist board also posted a satirical video on YouTube showing tourists at the Rubens House, in Antwerp, being ushered away from paintings featuring nudity.

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