Earlier today Devolver Digital, the publishers of GRIS – one of our Games Of The Year – tweeted this:
Facebook rejected a GRIS launch trailer ad for this ‘sexually suggestive’ scene so this year is going great so far. pic.twitter.com/frVaYOXIHe
— Devolver Digital (@devolverdigital) January 7, 2019
That scene is...not suggestive of sex. Especially once you see it moving, as part of the launch trailer:
A Devolver representative tells Kotaku “this is stupid”.
“We appealed and they said the appeal was rejected based on the grounds that Facebook does not allow nudity. First of all, she’s a statue and second, absolutely no nudity is shown in that photo, nor is this what any reasonable person would consider ‘sexualised content’.”
As part of their appeal process, Devolver did a search for other “sexualised content” on Facebook, and quickly found stuff like this:
So, yeah, stupid. Maybe a second appeal will actually get in front of some human eyeballs, rather than Facebook’s all-powerful, completely useless algorithm.
Just for reference, here’s the full launch trailer, complete with absolutely no sexually suggestive content: