SANTA FE (KRQE) – A New Mexico woman who fought breast cancer, and later wrote a book about it, found herself in a new fight this week, this time with Facebook. The social media giant told her the book’s artwork was too sexually suggestive, and wouldn’t allow her to advertise it. News 13 blurred the image for broadcast because the artwork is of a nude angel.
“It’s a spiritual image, it’s so far from pornography or even adult content that it’s hard to believe,” said Hollis Walker. “A beautiful female angel in a winter scene with a broken heart that has become her wings on her back.
Walker recently took to Facebook to gather support for a Kickstarter campaign to get “The Booby Blog: A Cancer Chronicle” published.
The social media site offered the veteran journalist and interfaith minister an option to pay to promote it to a wider audience.
“The first time I did it, it worked seamlessly,” Walker said.
This Monday, when Walker tried to promote it a second time, she got a response saying the ad contained adult content. When she contacted Facebook about it she received a message saying ads may not use sexual images, suggest nudity, or show a lot of skin or cleavage.
“I laughed out loud. I sat in my office all by myself and laughed out loud,” Hollis told News 13.
Walker, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, documented her fight online on “The Booby Blog” for friends and family. When she decided to publish that blog in book form to help others, artist Alexandra Eldridge offered her painting “Call Upon My Blessed Passion” for the cover artwork.
Walker and Eldridge say they’re floored Facebook has deemed the image inappropriate.
“This could not be for real. With the things you see on billboards and in the media, this is ridiculous,” Eldridge said.
A Facebook spokesperson sent News 13 the following statement:
“Although this image is allowed on Facebook, we hold advertisers to a higher standard because ads are proactively shown to people that the advertiser is trying to reach. Our advertising policy does not draw a distinction between nudity in drawings or art pieces and actual nude people. We would like to work with the owner of this page to see if there is something that we can do to help her move forward with advertising on Facebook so that she can continue to raise awareness about this important cause.”
Walker says she will continue to promote her kickstarter campaign, and that she refuses to abandon the image.