Viz Has Facebook Page Suspended By Social Media Site

Facebook has blocked the official page of satirical comic Viz, the magazine said on Tuesday.

The comic, owned by Dennis Publishing, tweeted an image of its official page complete with a message from Facebook explaining that it had been "unpublished" because it did not follow the site's terms and community standards, the Press Association reported.

The near 40-year-old comic is known for its strong language and adult humour while being a parody of titles such as the Beano.

"Facebook have taken the Viz page down. We can appeal, but if we get it wrong, we'll be 'permanently deleted'. Oo-er", said the tweet from @vizcomic.

Content can be removed from Facebook when users report it as unsuitable.

Ian Westwood, group managing director with Dennis Publishing, told The Guardian he was not aware what content had violated site rules.

"We have had that Facebook page for five years," he said.

"We have had correspondence with them before about stuff they haven't liked and we've taken it down. This time they have just blocked the page and won't tell us what we've violated."

Viz also tweeted a mocked up version of a new page, which contained images of puppies and kittens, asking if the new look was "still too offensive".

Facebook later said that the page had been removed in error.

A spokesperson said: "We want Facebook to be a place where people can express their opinions and challenge ideas, including through satire and comedy.

"Upon further review we found that the Viz page had been removed in error. We have now restored it and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused."