If there's one website that constantly gets in the way of people using the internet in a reasonable and safe manner, it's Facebook (and yes, I make this statement knowing full well that most of this article's readers will come from Facebook). Terrifying tales of Mark Zuckerberg's creation abusing users' private information are common these days, but there are just as many nonsensical things going on with the advertising algorithm. Case in point: a video game's trailer was rejected for suggestive content, all because of a scene where a statue crumbles.
The game in question is GRIS, an artistic platformer about a woman discovering herself as she traverses a series of watercolor landscapes. GRIS is an emotional experience, mostly due to its striking visuals, but its scenery tends to represent themes of self-reflection, not intimate relations. Yet that's exactly what Facebook claimed.
According to GRIS publisher Devolver Digital, Facebook rejected an ad featuring the game's launch trailer because of a scene where Gris must climb the crumbling statue of a woman.
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
If you watch the trailer and see the scene in motion, all you'll see is the shadowy figure wrap itself around the statue. It falls apart as Gris leaps onto the remains of the head, ready to face the shadow. That's it. The statue doesn't bear any "skin" or even show any curvy parts that might be taken as naughty. It's just a setup for what looks like a boss battle.
Devolver Digital was very blunt, telling Kotaku "this is stupid."
Elaborating, a Devolver representative said: “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 ‘sexualized content’.”
To further prove the point, Devolver staff searched Facebook for "sexualized content" to show how actual adult content does slip through the cracks. The Kotaku article includes a screenshot of one such piece, a drawing of a couple getting handsy in the shower. A drawing that we here at The Gamer probably can't show because Facebook wouldn't allow it.
So yeah, that's where the internet is in 2019.