Facebook clarifies breastfeeding photo policy

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by Karen Hopkins, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on March 18, 2013 at 6:12 PM

Updated Thursday, Mar 21 at 12:25 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Breastfeeding photos on Facebook are stirring up controversy.  

Candy Thompson of Virginia Beach says the social media site is trying to put a stop to posting breastfeeding pictures on the page called This Milk Matters,  where Moms across the world share tips on breastfeeding.   Thompson says she joined the page for just that reason.

“I was completely clueless. If it wasn’t for the pictures and moms helping me on Facebook, I wouldn’t have gone through with breast feeding my daughter,” she said.

Last Monday, Thompson claims Facebook blocked some of the administrators from updating the page.

“This is about moms trying to be heard, and having a voice. We’re just being censored, completely censored.” she said.  “We cannot let Facebook shun us because we post things they don’t like.”

Thompson said she did hear back from Facebook about the reason of blocking the photos.

“In 2008, Facebook said it changed their user standards on what is appropriate to be shown. They said that breast feeding is beautiful.”

A statement from Alison Schumer with Facebook Thursday said the site is making its policy more detailed.

"It has long been our policy that breastfeeding photos are allowed on Facebook. On some occasions, however, photos contain nudity – for example an exposed breast that is not being used for feeding – and therefore violate our terms. When such photos are reported to us and are found to violate our policies, the person who posted the photo is contacted, and the photos are removed These policies are based on the same standards that apply to television and print media. It is important to note that the photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain about their presence on the site."

 

 

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