Social media site doesn’t allow users to sell animals along with items such as alcohol, porn or weapons
A MUM was banned from trying to flog a rocking horse on Facebook because it was mistaken for a real animal.
Vicky Osborne put the kids’ toy on sale for £15 after clearing out her house.
But the social network giant removed it and told the mother-of-three she had breached its policies.
Facebook doesn’t allow users to sell animals along with items such as alcohol, porn or weapons.
Vicky, 42, said: “It doesn’t make any sense, it’s a rocking horse for crying out loud.
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“All it takes is a bit of common sense on their part to actually take a look at the post and figure it out.”
Stunned Vicky, from Winchester, Hants, got a message from Facebook which read: “Your item hasn’t been approved.
“It looks like you’re trying to sell an item that doesn’t meet our policies.”
She added: “I viewed their policies but I don’t really understand it.
“Apparently I’m committing some sort of offence and breaching their sex, drugs and live animal policy.”
She appealed and wrote: “Have a day off admin staff, you are clearly in desperate need of one.”
A Facebook spokesman said: “The item was incorrectly flagged as going against our policy. The user’s post has now been restored.”
Facebook has a commerce policy which bans the sale of items under 12 categories.
These include illegal, prescription or recreational drugs, tobacco items and related paraphernalia, unsafe supplements, weapons, ammunition or explosives and animals.
Others are adult items or services, alcohol, adult health items, real money gambling services, goods, items or posts that we determine may be or are fraudulent, misleading or offensive.