Music | June 21, 2019 10:58 am

Facebook Reverses Course, Lifts Ban on Led Zeppelin Album Cover

The 'House of the Holy' artwork is OK to share again

Led Zeppelin in 1973
Led Zeppelin performing at Madison Square Garden in 1973 (David Redfern/Redfern/Getty Images)

Turns out Led Zeppelin is “culturally significant” enough to outweigh a Facebook ban.

Days after multiple Facebook users reported their posts had been banned for featuring the iconic artwork from Led Zeppelin’s 1973 album Houses of the Holy, the social media giant’s had an apparent change of heart — and may have been influenced by the resulting news coverage and a petition.

“As our community standards explain, we don’t allow nude images of children on Facebook. But we know this a culturally significant image. Therefore, we’re restoring the posts we removed,” a Facebook spokesperson told Ultimate Classic Rock, adding that it would consider the “newsworthiness” of the subject matter to avoid similar bans.

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

Leonard Platteborze, who started the petition, originally claimed he received a message from Facebook noting his Zeppelin post had been taken down for violating FB’s community standards, which includes language on showing genitalia, sexual activity, sexually explicit language or female nipples. “I have been looking at this album for years and I don’t see any genitals, female nipples, or sexual activity and there is definitely no explicit language,” noted Platteborze.

The album cover is iconic, though its meaning has been a source of mystery. Produced by the London design firm Hipgnosis and shot in Northern Ireland, the concept of the House of the Holy cover and its crawling, naked children was based on Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi novel Childhood’s End.