Facebook vs. Boobies

Facebook vs Breastfeeding

After I heard about yet another Facebook breastfeeding profile/picture take-down I have been going back and forth about writing a post. I am a nursing mother, I don’t belong to any real nursing moms groups nor do I post or take photos of myself nursing. I do think that nursing is a beautiful experience, great for baby’s health and great for mine too. I don’t think it is right for Facebook to remove groups and delete photos of breastfeeding mothers and their children if they are going to leave hate groups, obscene content and scandalous photos on Facebook for anyone to see.

I can find articles dating back to at least 2007 regarding Facebook deleting, and disputing, breastfeeding groups and photos. I know breastfeeding in public is not as accepted in our American culture as it is in places like Cambodia, Equador, Malawi, or Tanzania, (and that bothers me a little bit), but I just don’t get Facebook’s problem with it. Even if Facebook took a stance one way or the other on Breastfeeding it would be better than none at all. It appears that they remove groups and photos only to say they’ve been “accidentally” deleted to be apologetically posted right up again. My only thought along those lines is that people are flagging the pictures and groups to be deleted and whoever is working the back-end in Facebook is getting those flags just doesn’t know any better. But if that’s the case come on Suckerberg, er I mean Zuckerberg, (must be stuck on the nursing terms) get your staff on the same page.

In light of the most recent Facebook breastfeeding “banishments” people across the world, breastfeeders, and non-breastfeeders, parents or not have been swarming to the Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding is not Obscene group to form a united front against Facebook and this discrimination. Hey Facebook, Breastfeeding is not Obscene was started by a mom who, in 2007 had her profile photo (nursing her child) removed with no explanation. Fans are posting photos and websites in favor of breastfeeding and coming together as a Social Media Haven.

Facebook’s response to any breastfeeding related removal is:

Breastfeeding is a natural and beautiful act 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 do violate those Terms and may be removed. These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children (over the age of 13) who use the site. The photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain.

So I’m wondering where do you stand? What are your thoughts on the breastfeeding removals, do you think they are just? (Please everyone be respectful of each other’s opinions, this is an open forum and I will not approve harmful or derogatory comments.)

(And if you like the image I created holler, I think it’s cool.)

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