Controversy Over Facebook Removing Breastfeeding Photos Heats Up (UPDATE)
UPDATE: According to Cnet, Facebook has now apologized to Kristy Kemp, in writing. "A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook," the apology is reported to have read. "This was mistake [sic], and we sincerely apologize for this error."
Kristy Kemp, who runs a Facebook site with over 4,300 fans called Breastfeeding/Mama Talk, was locked out of her Facebook page after someone complained about a photo of a mom breastfeeding a toddler.
After Kemp's 24-hour lockout was over, she posted a photo of a different mom feeding her baby and her 5-year-old simultaneously. That photo was also removed, and Facebook said that the image “violated company policy.”
“Facebook has a strict policy against the sharing of pornographic content and any explicit 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.”
Although Facebook’s rules clearly state that sharing breastfeeding photos are fine, an increasing number of moms are being banned from sharing these photos on the site, and while Facebook issued an apology to Kemp on Friday, this controversy is clearly far from over. A recent item about the backlash recently shared on the Huffington Post received more than 1,800 comments.
As Kemp told Fox40 News, “It’s not right. I’m trying to do good for mothers and I’m getting kicked off for posting pictures of the most beautiful act a mother can do her for kid. It’s not right."