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Facebook allows Herkules to stay naked

The German city of Kassel is once again able to display its treasured statue of Hercules on Facebook ... without red swimming trunks.

Tourism officials for the city were shocked recently to discover that a photo gallery they had put up on Facebook - including a shot of the statue from the rear - had been blocked on the site because Facebook censors recognized it as an image of a nude man.

The statue does indeed depict a nude man.

Herkules in Kassel Flash-Galerie (picture-alliance/dpa)

The city is quick to point out it is, indeed, a statue, not a man. However, rather than get into an argument with Facebook, city officials reposted the photo, this time with a pair of red digital swimming trunks protecting both Hercules' modesty and the world from a view of his buttocks.

"We thought, before we got into a long back-and-forth fight, we'd just pull some swim trunks on him. We might even get a little extra attention that way," said Ute Schulte, head of tourism at the GrimmHeimat NordHessen regional tourism office.

At least, Facebook apologizes, Herkules can stay naked.

is/at (dpa)

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