Facebook bans Lovers Of Naked Snow group over photo
A GROUP featuring naked people from Hull in the snow has been banned from Facebook.
The light-hearted page – Lovers Of Naked Snow – attracted more than 2,000 followers after it was set up last week.
But the page was removed from the social networking site after concerns over the revealing nature of one photograph.
Now, a campaign has been launched to lift the ban on the page showing Hull men baring all in sub-zero temperatures.
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Founders were hoping to use its popularity to create a charity calendar, but fear the plans will have to be scrapped.
David Hanrahan, of east Hull, one of the founding members of the group, said: "I'm absolutely gutted they've taken it down.
"The lad who set it up, Shane Fisher, has been away in Majorca and a friend and I were added as administrators. It had been closely monitored to ensure nothing out of order was posted."
However, Facebook sent notifications to Shane raising concerns over one of the photographs, which he didn't see until it was too late.
David, 42, said: "Facebook didn't message me or my friend and it was just taken down when Shane didn't reply.
"We had already looked into selling a calendar and so many people would have bought it.
"We had it priced up and the publicity had been great. We were thinking of donating the money to a cancer charity.
"After the group was pulled down, a new one was set up campaigning to bring it back. It had thousands of followers in just a day.
"But that group quickly vanished as well. Facebook is not letting us do it at all.
"We have tried to contact them but they are a closed shop, there's nobody to explain the situation to.
"It's a real shame because so much money could have been raised."
Another user of the site said: "The Facebook society has been in uproar and what had been a really funny, light-hearted buzz for loads of people in Hull has now turned into a real downer."
Lee Shaw, who also posted his picture on the site, said: "It is such a shame that it has been closed down due to a few people not understanding the light-hearted context it was set up for.
"But, hopefully, we can still pull together as mates and get this calendar up and running so local charities can benefit from the proceeds.
"The Facebook site was set up just to see what response we would get, which was amazing, so, hopefully, we can continue."
The Mail contacted Facebook regarding the banning of the group, but no one from the social networking site replied.