Facebook Deleted the Wrong Breastfeeding Selfie This Time

breastfeeding momsFacebook not only steals away so much of our time, it removes photos they deem "obscene" when they are not at all obscene. Yes, I'm talking about breastfeeding photos, and yes, we've been through this before with the social network, and while we thought it was all squared away, another mom's breastfeeding photo was removed. And get this: The photo was in a closed group for breastfeeding moms.


UK mom Kaya Wright posted an image of her breastfeeding her son in the closed group Liverpool Community BAMBIS (Babies and Mums Breastfeeding Information and Support). The image in question shows Kaya's son Kayden breastfeeding. You couldn't see nipple, and even though Facebook publicly stated that breastfeeding photos (even showing nipple) would no longer be removed or deemed obscene, the photo was gone. Kaya received a notification from Facebook telling her that it violated their terms and was removed because it contained nudity.

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I find this disturbing on two points -- because it was a breastfeeding photo and breastfeeding photos are in no way obscene, and because this photo was in a closed group. Not for the public to view. Kaya said:

At first I thought it was a joke. Facebook said the image had been reported for nudity but you really couldn't see anything. It's a breastfeeding group, so what do you expect? Some of my friends thought that maybe it had been reported by mistake.

Perhaps it was a mistake. On Facebook's part, mostly. They messed up. Because we don't want to believe they have gone back on their word to allow moms to post photos of themselves breastfeeding. Was there a new kid on the job that day? We want to believe they are supportive. We want to feel that Facebook is a safe place to share our breastfeeding photos to support other moms and give ourselves a reminder to keep going.

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Since Kaya's photo was removed, something fantastic happened. The moms in the group shared many of their own breastfeeding photos to support Kaya and help people see that breastfeeding is not obscene, that it's moms feeding their babies. So far, none of those photos have been removed.

What do you think of Facebook's blunder? Does it concern you more since it was in a closed group?


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