Facebook Bans Nativity Picture? False!

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Facebook Bans Nativity Picture

Facebook is trying to get folks to remove this picture

Viral posts claim Facebook is demanding that members remove an image depicting the nativity of Jesus Christ on the grounds that it's "offensive."

Description: Viral image
Circulating since: Nov. 2012
Status: False

Text example #1:
As shared on Facebook, Dec. 22, 2012:

Facebook is trying to get folks to remove this picture from their profiles because it is "offensive". Let's band together and prove them otherwise!!!!!

Text example #2:
As shared on Facebook, Dec. 13, 2013:

I just saw that FB is trying to ban the Nativity scenes from posting. I'm going to continue to do my part.....will you???

Analysis: Has the so-called "War on Christmas" been extended to social media? Is it true that Facebook doesn't want people sharing nativity images because it might "offend" someone who isn't a Christian?

Absolutely not.

The best disproof of this fabricated controversy is the fact that three years after the above image was first shared on Facebook by someone claiming it was being banned, it's still being shared today. Three-year-old posts containing the image still exist on Facebook, untouched. I've found no instances in which the image had been removed, or in which any individual members stated that they had actually been asked by Facebook to remove it.

Facebook's terms of service forbid posting nudity, pornography, hate speech, threats, incitements to violence, and graphic or gratuitous violence. It also forbids bullying, intimidating or harassing any user. But there's nothing in the terms of service forbidding the posting of religious images. Indeed, one can find religious-themed images — Christian and otherwise — everywhere on Facebook.

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Last updated 12/12/15