Apparently Facebook has been extra naughty this year, pissing off New Zealand, Australian, and American mothers with censorship, group deletions, and page banning this month alone. The social networking service has hit the headlines in New Zealand for deleting another support group for nursing mothers, Mummy Matters group. Multiple mothers of the 3,500 member strong group were also suspended for sharing breastfeeding photos. According to the Otago Daily News, a member of the Mummy Matters group, Renee Lyons, posted on Friday that her breastfeeding picture was removed, her account suspended and she was reported for having a scam or fake profile. This follows the deletion of another entire breastfeeding support group of 5,000+ members in October of this year. Facebook denies censorship of photos on the Mummy Matters group.
Mothers in Australia are also feeling the discrimination. A nurse-in is scheduled for next month after a mother was censored from Facebook in South Burnett. Breastfeeding supporters plan to meet at Kingaroy Shoppingworld on January 5th to support the mother, Stacey Turcan, who had her breastfeeding photos removed from her Facebook page. Those that cannot attend will be changing their profile photos to nursing photos in an international virtual nurse-in.
In America, Abby, known as the Badass Breastfeeder, received a 30-day ban for sharing this poster on Facebook.
Why? Breastfeeding photos are supposed to be welcomed. This poster doesn’t violate their terms at all, which state only a fully-exposed breast where the child is not actively nursing violates their terms.
This was the notice she received:
Interesting that on the main Community Standards page, Facebook states this:
“Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicitly sexual content where a minor is involved. We also impose limitations on the display of nudity. We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo’s David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.“
When is enough enough? What about this poster violates Facebook’s terms? Can you figure it out?
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Details on the last two nurse-ins:
- Press & Photos of the 2012 Facebook Nurse-In Menlo Park & International News! - Paa.la
- Facebook Shareholder Meeting Nurse-in, June 11, 2013 - Paa.la
- Facebook Deletes Community Support Group for Breastfeeding Mothers - Paa.la
- The Facebook hypocrisy continues: Breastfeeding Images and Page Admins Banned - Paa.la
- Facebook Bans Yet Another Breastfeeding Mother - Paa.la
- Search my recent Facebook censorship posts.
- Facebook Deletes Community Support Page for Breastfeeding Mothers - Paa.la
- Why I Share Breastfeeding Photos – Paa.la
- Breastfeeding Advocates: 2013 Nurse-Ins & Events List – Paa.la