Breastfeeding moms fighting to keep photos on Facebook

Breastfeeding moms fighting to keep photos on Facebook

Credit: Getty Images

Breastfeeding moms fighting to keep photos on Facebook

Print
Email
|

by Karen Hopkins

WVEC

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 2:42 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Breastfeeding photos on Facebook are stirring up controversy.  

Candy Thompson of Virginia Beach says the social media site is trying to put a stop to posting breastfeeding pictures on the page called This Milk Matters, where Moms across the world share tips on breastfeeding. Thompson says she joined the page for just that reason.

“I was completely clueless. If it wasn’t for the pictures and moms helping me on Facebook, I wouldn’t have gone through with breast feeding my daughter,” she said.

Last Monday, Thompson claims Facebook blocked some of the administrators from updating the page.

“This is about moms trying to be heard, and having a voice. We’re just being censored, completely censored.” she said. “We cannot let Facebook shun us because we post things they don’t like.”

Thompson said she did hear back from Facebook about the reason of blocking the photos.

“In 2008, Facebook said it changed their user standards on what is appropriate to be shown. They said that breastfeeding is beautiful.”

KVUE's sister station WVEC contacted Facebook and received this statement.

"We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re very glad to know that it is so important to some mothers to share this experience with others on Facebook. We take no action on the vast majority of breastfeeding photos because they follow the site’s terms of use. Photos containing a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms and may be removed. These policies are based on the same standards that apply to television and print media. It is important to note that the photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain."

 

Print
Email
|