Artist’s ‘sexual’ robin redbreast Christmas cards banned by Facebook

Jackie Charley said she ‘could not stop laughing’ after harmless festive images were blocked by Facebook because of ‘adult’ nature

Facebook has blocked the sale of a pack of Christmas cards featuring a robin redbreast because of its “sexual” and “adult” nature.

The artist Jackie Charley said she “could not stop laughing” when she discovered the reason the social media company would not approve the product last month.

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How to become Snapchat famous: get creative and learn to relax

The social media platform will soon allow top creators to make money from content. Cyrene Quiamco, who has 200,000 followers, explains how to become a Snapchat star

Do you live for Snapchat? Or did you download the app months ago, send a wonky selfie captioned “How does this work??!!” to a clueless friend and promptly forget all about it? If it’s the latter, let’s face it, you’re old. Snapchat has about 178 million daily users worldwide, the majority aged under 34. But the recent announcement by parent company Snap that top creators will be paid for content could be a game-changer.

While details haven’t been announced, users could be incentivised to create content in a similar way to YouTubers, who can make videos in exchange for ad revenue. Take 28-year-old Cyrene Quiamco, from Little Rock, Arkansas, who left her job as a web designer two years ago to concentrate on Snapchat full-time, where she has 200,000 followers. She already makes $500,000 (£380,000) a year from sponsored snaps, speaking engagements and consulting, and has written a book on becoming a social media influencer, 11 Seconds to Success.

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The sexist dinosaurs aren’t only on the prowl in old media

Jurassic-era values of sexism and homophobia also blight the brave new world of Silicon Valley web giants

Last week, Caitlin Jenner and a robot called Sophia talked about what it means to be human and a woman. Yet, while the 60,000-strong audience they addressed at a tech-friendly Web Summit in Lisbon appeared cutting edge, their industry is in danger of inheriting elements of the old industries they consider part of a dinosaur age.

Sexism and homophobia in Hollywood, the media and politics has been exposed by recent scandals. Yet these issues blight the far younger tech industry.

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