These onions are arousing some suspicion over their content.

关于脸书上的洋葱广告,人们认为广告内容有些引人不适。

The Seed Company by E.W. Gaze posted a photo of onion seeds for sale late last month on Facebook.

E.W. Gaze旗下的种子公司上月末在脸书上刊登了一则出售洋葱种子的广告。

However, soon after publishing the seemingly innocuous post, which advertised “Onion, Walla Walla Sweet” seeds, the company got a notification from the social media giant declaring the photo of the vegetable was “overtly sexual” and had to be removed.

然而,就在该公司发布了这篇宣传语为“洋葱,甜洋葱”的看似无害的帖子后不久,该公司就收到了来自社交媒体巨头脸书的通知,脸书称这种蔬菜的照片“带有公然性意味”,因此不得不删除。


“So we just got notified by Facebook that the photo used for our Walla Walla Onion seed is ‘Overtly Sexual’ and therefore cannot be advertised to be sold on their platform... Can you see it?” the company cheekily wrote.

“所以我们刚刚接到来自脸书的通知,他们说我们的沃拉沃拉牌洋葱籽广告用的照片‘带有公然性意味’,因此不能刊登在他们的平台上……你能看出它带有性意味吗?”该公司写道。

The notice informed the company that “listings may not position products or services in a sexually suggestive manner.”

脸书通知告知该公司,“任何产品或服务以性暗示的方式在脸书上打广告都是不可取的。”

Store manager Jackson McLean told BBC he felt it might have something to do with “the round shapes” of the onions that flagged Facebook.

商店经理杰克逊·麦克莱恩告诉BBC记者,他认为这可能与该公司挂在脸书上的洋葱“圆形”标志有关。


A representative for Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but told BBC “automated technology” is used to censor images.

脸书的一名代表虽然没有立即回应此事,但他告诉BBC记者,脸书利用“智能识别技术”来审查图片。

"We use automated technology to keep nudity off our apps, but sometimes it doesn't know a Walla Walla onion from a, well, you know," Facebook Canada's head of communications, Meg Sinclair, told BBC.

脸书加拿大传播主管梅格·辛克莱在面对BBC记者时表示:“我们应用智能识别技术来过滤掉脸书可能出现的色情镜头,但有时候这个技术并不能区分所谓的沃拉沃拉洋葱和色情内容。”。


And apparently for the better. McLean told BBC they’ve sold more Walla Walla onions in the “last three days than in the last five years.”

显然该事件是在朝着更好的方向发展。麦克莱恩告诉BBC记者,在过去的三天里,他们卖出的“瓦拉瓦拉洋葱”比过去五年都要多。