Music | June 19, 2019 10:20 am

Facebook Bans Fans From Uploading Iconic Led Zeppelin Album Cover

Users report uploads of the artwork from "Houses Of The Holy" have been blocked

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Multiple Facebook users report that Facebook has been banning posts which feature the iconic artwork from the front cover of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy.

Released in 1973 by Atlantic Records, the album’s cover depicts naked children climbing up the surface of the Giant’s Causeway on the coast of Northern Ireland.

According to user Leonard Platteborze, after he posted a YouTube video of a song from the album, the post was flagged and removed. Afterward, Facebook sent him a message.

“This post goes against our Community Standards on nudity or sexual activity,” the message read. “We have one set of standards because we want everyone on Facebook to feel welcome.”

Led Zeppelin's "Houses of the Holy"
Led Zeppelin’s “Houses of the Holy”

In a petition calling for Facebook to stop censoring the album, Platteborze writes: What is more important than my personal regard and love of this album is stopping censorship of speech or art all over the world, especially here in America.  We must protect our right of expression.  Censorship is a very dangerous slippery slope.  In 2019, we must move forward not back. This is not about Led Zeppelin. Please think, sign and share this petition and stand up for our right of expression.”

About 600 people have signed the petition thus far.

This problem has not been unique to Platteborze, as many other users have reported having similar issues.

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