NEWS… BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT
A mother who posted a Facebook picture of herself feeding her severely premature daughter for the first time was horrified to see that that the network had removed it – for breaching nudity rules.
Emma Bond, of Oswestry, Shopshire, posted the picture with Carene, who was born 12 weeks early, on Sunday last week.
It was reported by an unknown person for obscenity, and removed after Facebook said it ‘didn’t follow the Facebook Community Standards regarding nudity’.
Emma then uploaded the picture to a pro-breastfeeding group on the site, where it attracted 166,000 Likes and 22,000 Shares – but her supporters found that their posts were also deleted.
Emma and her partner Ashley Kitchen, 30, had been warned baby Carene wouldn’t survive more than three days when she was born prematurely on October 3 weighing just 2lbs 2oz, and had posted the picture to celebrate her survivval.
Emma said, ‘Carene was born by emergency caesarian section. We were told to get the priest in, she wasn’t meant to last past her third day.
‘Everyone was aware it was touch and go so I was sharing the special moment with people to show them how far she had come.
‘It was the first time she had breastfed so there was a reason for me posting that particular particular.
‘It was a magical moment and to have it removed the same day for breaching nudity policies was really rubbing salts in the wounds.
‘Carene is very poorly and we fought very hard to get to this point.
‘I was upset when it was reported. It is something very natural and special and should be promoted.”
A spokesperson for Facebook said breastfeeding photos have never been against the firm’s Community Standards, but nipples had to be covered or concealed.
In a message to Emma, Facebook said: ‘The image that you shared was removed in error – it has now been republished.
‘The policy has been updated, Facebook modified the way it reviews reports of nudity to better examine the context of the photo or image.
‘As a result of this, photos that show a nursing mothers’ other breast will be allowed even if it is full exposed, as will mastectomy photos showing a fully exposed other breast.”
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