Saturday 18 November 2017

Facebook ‘removes’ photo of gay teenager on Humans of New York page

Hillary Clinton joins thousands in sending her support to a gay teenager featured on the Humans of New York Facebook page

Facebook reportedly took down this since-reinstated Humans of New York photo Photo: Humans of New York/Facebook
Facebook reportedly took down this since-reinstated Humans of New York photo Photo: Humans of New York/Facebook

Mark Molloy

A PHOTO of a gay teenager “worried about his future” was reportedly removed from Facebook after attracting thousands of comments.

The photograph was posted on the Humans of New York Facebook page, which has over 13 million fans.

It shows a dejected teenager along with the quote: "I'm homosexual and I'm afraid about what my future will be and that people won't like me."

Photographer Brandon Stanton has spent the past five years capturing photos of New York inhabitants and posting them online with a short quote.

According to ROYGBIV Jezebel, a blog about LGBT topics and news, administrators deleted the photo shortly after it was posted.

“Seems that Facebook removed the young man’s brave statement and is now preventing me from uploading any further photos. I’m hoping it was a mistake,” they quote Stanton as saying.

“It is currently still on Instagram and I’m trying to figure out how to get it back up.”

The photo was since been re-uploaded to Facebook, where it has been shared more than 35,000 times and received over 440,000 likes.

Many users have messaged their support to the teenager, with one posting: “I’m homosexual too, little man. My future is bright and I am loved. Most importantly, I love ME and wouldn't change a thing about myself. The same can and will absolutely hold true for you. Sending you strength.”

Another wrote: “If you were my son, I'd Love you just the same and I'd be the Proudest Dad for having the Courage to admit it to yourself and the World.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton also posted her support for the teenager.

Facebook has previously been criticised for initially refusing to remove a video of a newborn baby being thrown around.

In 2013, the social media site backed down over its stance on beheading videos following pressure from David Cameron.

A spokesperson for Facebook said: "A bug with our technical infrastructure led to the Humans of New York post not being visible temporarily. It wasn't purposely removed and it's displaying correctly now."

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