Facebook Removed a Baby Owl Webcam for 'Nudity and Sexual Activity'

By Holly Brockwell on at

A webcam feed of baby owls in the nest was taken down by Facebook for supposedly breaking its rules about nudity and sexual activity.

Brockholes Wildlife Diary's [sic] was temporarily taken down from the social network despite literally being content of baby owls. Technically the owls were not wearing clothes, but we doubt this was the reason.

Doncaster resident Graham Moss set up the page during lockdown, rightly assuming that people needed a constant stream of fluffy murder machines to distract from the not-so-fluffy murder machine rampaging through the population.

The page is now thankfully back, but as ever, Facebook has declined to provide any kind of explanation about why it hates baby owls. The site blocked the page from its hundreds of fans not once, but twice, so it wasn't just an isolated error by a jealous eagle. It was down for about 48 hours each time.

Moss explains:

"I went on to my site to see how many visits the adult owls had been making into the box to feed the chicks, and the footage had gone.

In its place was a message stating the stream had been removed because it breached community standards on adult nudity and sexual activity."

This is particularly egregious given that Facebook loves to leave content up that shows horrendous violence. But BABY OWLS? Well that's just a step too far.

Moss adds that his other page, which shares kestrel content, has been unaffected.

A spokesperson for Facebook helpfully comments: "If people believe their content has been removed in error, they can appeal by clicking the 'Request Review' option."

Can we request a review on Facebook in general? It breaches our quality standards. [BBC]

Main image: Brockholes Wildlife Diary's