Mom's Photo of New Baby Born Without Nose Deemed 'Too Controversial & Shocking' for Facebook

Facebook is under fire, yet again, for removing photos from its site. The latest controversy? A pro-life group attempted to share the story of Timothy Eli Thompson, a preemie who was born without a nose, but the social media site deemed the photos to be "too controversial."


Brandi McGlathery, the newborn's mom, says that Eli was born without nasal passages or sinus cavities. His condition is so rare that it only happens in about 1 in 197 million babies. Now, the mother is upset with the site for banning photos of her son and has spoken out about their removal, and later reinstatement.

According to the pro-life group, Facebook said the story on little Eli cannot be promoted because "the image or video thumbnail may shock or evoke a negative response from viewers."

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However, after more than 30,000 shares in about six hours, the social media site reversed its decision and has re-allowed the story and photo to appear on the page.

So why ban in the first place? Both McGlathery and Eli's father have been facing the reality of Eli's condition since he was born just five weeks ago. We can't begin to imagine the challenges that the family will be facing in the weeks and years to come. They have much bigger worries to face, so if posting photos of their little man gives them even the smallest relief and sharing their story with those who care bring them support and happiness, it's the least they could do.

Banning photos of their son does nothing positive, and saying he may "evoke a negative response from viewers" is in no way supportive.

And that is exactly what the family needs. At five days old, Eli underwent a tracheotomy, and doctors are hopeful that they'll be able to drill nasal passages into his skull to help him with breathing. But for now, it seems like we can continue to get updates (including photos!) of the baby's progress.

The family has set up a Facebook page for information on Eli, Eli's Story, and also started a GoFundMe page to help with Eli's medical bills and travel expenses.

What do you make of this situation?


Image via babyeli_thompson/Instagram

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