The cat photo that could get you banned from Facebook

This isn’t a Raiders of the Lost Ark scenario – you can actually look at the cat photo.

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Facebook Not everyone is always in on the joke Image Picture Creative Commons

Some people would have you believe that Facebook exists purely for people to host pictures of cats looking cute or doing weird existential stuff like looking at their own reflection – but they would be wrong.

In fact, uploading images of all your feline friends may actually get you kicked off the social media platform, if you are not careful.

According to Mashable, a Chennai-based blogger found himself no longer a friend of Facebook after being locked out of his account for posting a picture of a cat.

“I was chatting with friends, got one cat image on WhatsApp, it was so cute that I sent it to a friend,” Varun Krishnan told Mashable India.

“Before I realised, my devices were getting logged off. Even on PC, Messenger notified me that my Facebook account has been disabled,” he said.

“My photos, my Facebook Ads account, they wiped my presence off Facebook in a matter of seconds for a cat photo.”

The offending cat photo, for reference was this one:

A picture of a cat in a suit.
The offending cat. Biting satire or super-sweet? Image BGR

The entire Facebook lock-out and shutdown sounds like the social media equivalent of that Will Smith movie Enemy of the State, minus the spiky-bleach blonde haircuts sported by all the “hackers” that feature in the film.

Fortunately for Varun, Facebook eventually reversed the decision, which may have come about because of the increasingly strict rules they are attempting to implement around image use on the social media platform.

Perhaps they saw the cat in the suit as some sort of savage put-down of capitalism.

Then again, maybe they just really don’t like cats.

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Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.