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Facebook Deletes Gay Teen In Humans Of New York Photo

Facebook Deletes Gay Teen In Humans Of New York Photo
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Facebook Deletes Gay Teen In Humans Of New York Photo

The latest photo from Humans Of New York that shows a crying gay teen over his predicament that people will not like him was deleted by Facebook administrators. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Ellen deGeneres offered words of encouragement for the gay teen.

Gay Teen In Humans Of New York

On July 4, the photo of the gay teen in Humans of New York was already shared for more than 60,000 times and had already gained more than 600,000 likes. The teen told photographer Brandon Stanton, “I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what future will be and that people won’t like me.”

However, at some point within the day, Facebook deleted the photo. The removal was first spotted by Jezebel. Stanton posted the following status afterwards:

“Seems that Facebook removed the young man’s brave statement and is now preventing me from uploading any further photos. I’m hoping it was a mistake. It is currently still on Instagram and I’m trying to figure out how to get it back up.”

Followers of Humans Of New York speculated that someone might have reported the photo as offensive. Stanton hopes the removal of the photo was just a mistake. Indeed, Facebook had the photo back on the site afterwards.

A Facebook employee has reached out to Jezebel and said “the deletion was due to a bug in the infrastructure.”

“I’m homosexual and I’m afraid about what my future will be and that people won’t like me.”

Posted by Humans of New York on Friday, July 3, 2015

Hillary Clinton and Ellen deGeneres left a comment

Thankfully, the photo was back just in time for Clinton and de Generes to leave him messages of support.

“Prediction from a grown-up: Your future is going to be amazing,” Clinton wrote. “You will surprise yourself with what you’re capable of and the incredible things you go on to do. Find the people who love and believe in you – there will be lots of them.”

Humans Of New York replied to her comment by simply saying, “Thanks for this Ms Clinton.”

DeGeneres wrote, “Not only will people like you, they’ll love you. I just heard of you and I love you already.”


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