Facebook censors this image of Santa and the baby Jesus

Facebook censored this image of Santa and the baby Jesus

Facebook censored an image of Santa Claus kneeling before the baby Jesus, deeming it “violent or graphic content.”

The censorship was lifted Wednesday after LifeSiteNews published a report about it.

Facebook had obscured the picture, explaining the “photo was automatically covered so you can decide if you want to see it,” LifeSiteNews reported. Users who wanted to see the photo had to click on a button.

LifeSiteNews said that in less than 18 hours, the story was shared on Facebook more than 42,000 times and viewed about 60,000 times.

Facebook explains on its site that it “adds a warning label to especially graphic or violent content so that it is not available to people under the age of eighteen and so that people are aware of the graphic or violent nature before they click to see it.”

“We err on the side of allowing content, even when some find it objectionable” to maintain a “safe environment” for its “Facebook community.”

LifeSiteNews, however, said it remains unclear why the image of Jesus and Santa was deemed to be “violent and graphic content.”

The social media giant has been forced to apologize for numerous instances of improperly flagging conservative or Christian content as “hateful” or “otherwise inappropriate,” LifeSiteNews noted.

It has also has been criticized for allowing left-wing organizations such as PolitiFact and the Southern Poverty Law Center to influence its “fact-checking” and “hate speech” policies.

Facebook has banned as too “political” many LifeSiteNews pro-life ads that show pictures of pregnant mothers, ultrasounds, preborn babies and the tiny feet of an infant child held in her mother’s hands.

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