Watch: Facebook flags onion seed ad as ‘overtly sexual’

Oct. 7 (UPI) — Officials with a Canadian business said they were left surprised, confused and somewhat amused when Facebook refused to run an ad because a photo of onions was flagged as an “overtly sexual image.”

Jackson McLean, a manager at Gaze Seed Company in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, said the company submitted an ad to Facebook to promote its walla walla onions, but the submitted image was rejected by the social media network because the photo, which depicted only a group of onions, was deemed to be “overtly sexual.”

“We got notified the other day that it’s an ‘overtly sexual image’ that they had to ban from the site,” McLean told CBC News. “I guess something about the two round shapes there could be misconstrued as boobs or something, nude in some way.”

McLean said he had to laugh at what was apparently an error by Facebook’s

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Madrona leads $3.9M seed round for cybersecurity compliance startup Strike Graph

Strike Graph co-founders Justin Beals and Brian Bero. (Strike Graph Photo)

Seattle startup Strike Graph raised a $3.9 million seed round led by Madrona Venture Group.

The company, founded less than a year ago and spun out of Madrona Venture Labs, helps customers prepare for the cybersecurity certification process.

Most B2B organizations need to pass cybersecurity audits to ensure their service meets security and privacy standards. Strike Graph says its customers can earn a SOC 2 Type 1 certification in 45 days and save $50,000 in consultant fees thanks to automation and customization features.

The 5-person startup is led by CEO Justin Beals, a veteran of NextStep, Koru, Roundbox Global, and other startups, along with Brian Bero, who previously co-founded Seattle tech stalwart Apptio and recently sold security startup Greytwist to SmartRIA.

The idea for Strike Graph came about after Beals struggled with the SOC 2 process as the CTO

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Wellness app Urban just raised $7.6m in seed funding

  • Fitness and beauty marketplace Urban just raised close to $8 million in seed funding from BNF Capital and crowdfunders on Seedrs. 
  • Urban pairs users with fitness and beauty professionals though its app, with the wider wellness economy valued at as much as $4 trillion.
  • Speaking to Business Insider, cofounder Jack Tang revealed how the firm had coped with the “huge hole” left in its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 
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Beauty and fitness startup Urban has raised close to £6 million ($7.6 million) in a seed funding round backed by family office BNF Capital. 

Founded in 2014, Urban markets itself as the “wellness app for busy people”, providing customers with a platform to book hairdressers, fitness experts, and other wellness professionals to their own homes.

The concept is similar to another UK beauty marketplace, Treatwell, which allows users to book salon appointments in

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