An entire Facebook group, Breastfeeding Support, has been removed today. All 5,000+ members who turned to the online community for mother-to-mother support and answers to their breastfeeding questions are now left in the lurch without a single warning.
This is what they will see today when they try to reach the private group page they formerly browsed daily for real-time help:
Administrators have been suspended for 12 hours. Administrator Alison Kennedy has also been temporarily banned from posting to Facebook due to her involvement with the group.
Alison Kennedy’s response:
“It is a group supporting mothers in their breastfeeding endeavours. I have been running it for the last 5 years and helped countless moms/babies … the current group size is over 5000 members. Stop listening to trolls.”
It isn’t clear why the group was deleted because it is a closed page, not open to the public, but trolls, people who join breastfeeding support pages and browse the personal pages of nursing mothers to bash mothers and flag their photos, might be the cause of this current page deletion. Unfortunately, the sad individuals who spend their time trying to harm mothers and children online are sometimes rewarded for their trolling. Other times, like in the case of nursing mother and advocate Candy Thompson’s photo that was reported today by a troll, photos are kept on and the report is closed. At least for that one flagging attempt.
Here is Candy’s photo that was reported:
[Shared with permission]
This was the message Candy received:
In case you cannot read it, it says, “Since it [the breastfeeding photo] doesn’t violate this community standard, it was not removed.”
When I asked Candy about her thoughts on Breastfeeding Support’s deletion today, she lamented, ”These kinds of groups are the ones that make the difference for those mothers that do not have any support whatsoever from specialist and/or family.” I couldn’t agree more. I personally was a member of this support page and when I first learning the breastfeeding ropes after my first child was born, I joined pages just like this one to help with the transition and any problems. It’s easier, faster, and cheaper than many other in-person options.
Should mothers and all breastfeeding supporters be happy that one person wasn’t banned today when more than 5,000 others were cut off from crucial support and admins were suspended from all activity in one fell swoop?
When is Facebook’s ridiculous banning and deletion rampage going to stop? Facebook continues to claim they support breastfeeding and their policy states that they allow breastfeeding photos, yet blatant censorship incidents like this keep happening.
What do you think? Should Facebook quit the BS and own up to their own standards? How would you feel if your parenting support page was deleted?
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Poster to share:
One of the admins of I hate it when people act like breastfeeding is obscene, GET OVER IT! was also suspended because she was also an admin of Breastfeeding Support. They will be posting updates from Alison after she is added as admin this evening, as will FB vs. Breastfeeding.
2nd Update 10:40PM 10/21: Alison has been added as an admin but is too exhausted to make a statement today. This was posted this evening:
**3rd Update 11/7**
I hate it when people act like breastfeeding is obscene, GET OVER IT! shared this photo of the screen shot of why the page was deleted:
And this was Breastfeeding Support’s group page banner created by Sherry Loucks:
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