Facebook apologizes for removing breastfeeding photo

Facebook apologizes for removing breastfeeding photo

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by BILL MCGINTY / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on December 30, 2011 at 4:12 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 9:18 AM

CROUSE, N.C. -- Heather Stultz was mad when Facebook removed a breastfeeding photo from her breastfeeding support page called “Respect the Breast.”

Facebook wrote to Stultz, saying the photo was removed because it violated the pornographic  content rules made clear under the terms section on her page.

“When we started a fan page, it boomed,” Stultz said.  “It blew me away.  I can’t believe that someone would think that something so natural and so nurturing and caring could turn it into something so dark and nasty.  It’s not like that.”

Facebook’s policy says it prohibits content that is “hateful, threatening, defamatory, or pornographic” or contains nudity.

The NewsChannel 36 I-Team contacted Facebook this week asking why this photo fell under pornographic guidelines.  On Friday, NewsChannel 36 learned that Facebook has done an about face.

After investigating the situation, Facebook told the I-Team they made a mistake.

“It appears that the photo in question was removed in error.  We do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.   We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're very glad to know that it is important for mothers to share their experience with others on Facebook,” the company said in a statement.

Supporters of breast feeding wrote in to say it hurts them when people see breastfeeding as vulgar.  Women siding with Heather have started a Facebook petition to let the photos stay.  So far more than 1,600 members have signed on to protect images they say are natural, not nasty.

“Back before there was formula, that was how you fed your children,” Stultz added.  “You didn’t put it in the microwave and shake it.  It’s raw on tap and is the perfect temperature.  It’s liquid gold.”

And with Facebook now “liking” Heather’s page and photo, they have once again gained a “friend.”

Click here to read Facebook’s email to the I-Team.

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