Facebook users have been reacting with anger today after they noticed that any sort of Christmas images now have a button attached to them that allows users to complain if they find them offensive.
According to reports that we have seen today, any sort of Christmas-related picture now includes the option to complain with the reason given as ‘I don’t celebrate Christmas and it upsets me.’
After an investigation by our Chief Reporter, it emerged that the Facebook feature was introduced as a result of a lengthy complaint from the British Council of Cultural Diversity, Inclusion and Diversinclusion. Their founder Hermione Fuqaround agreed to speak to us earlier today.
She said: ‘We are delighted to have played such a huge role in getting this feature introduced to Facebook, and the technology involved is astonishing. As soon as the network detects any sort of Christmas-related element in an image, such as a bauble, a triangular tree or a Walnut Whip, the standard complaint text is changed in the event that the user clicks on the ‘Report’ button.’
‘If the image is truly offensive to them, they can report it and they won’t see other similar pictures on their timeline. Also, if enough people complain about the same image, the original poster can be dealt with accordingly as we feel strongly that people should not be able to force provocative messages onto other people at any time of the year.’
‘People need to understand that we are not trying to ban Christmas. We are simply trying to create a tolerant and friendlier society for the benefit of future generations.’
We conducted some tests with 100 different festive images and found that the alert feature detected an element of Christmas in all of them. However, shortly after testing the new system, our account was blocked from posting and an official warning was received for ‘posting content that may offend others.’
One Facebook user who wanted to remain anonymous contacted our Newsdesk to say that she had noticed a similar complaint message appear whenever she was viewing an image of a rib-eye steak on the Miller and Carter page.
She said: ‘I was looking at a picture of a sizzling rib-eye steak, when all of a sudden I noticed a complaint option saying ‘I am a vegetarian/vegan and I find this offensive.’ You have to wonder where all of this will end.’ Perhaps they could include a similar system for photos of dismembered children with a bloodthirsty ISIS soldier standing on top of them brandishing a rifle, other than ‘This is spam.’