Facebook Mom Blocked Over Breastfeeding Pics; Company Apologizes Amid Backlash

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Facebook has blocked a mom over breastfeeding photos uploaded to a page she runs for new mothers, setting off a firestorm of debate and controversy.

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Kristy Kemp runs the support site Breastfeeding Mama Talk, which has drawn more than 4,300 fans, one of whom uploaded nursing images (below).

Facebook reportedly responded by blocking Kemp, locking her out of the page she created and removing the image, which it said “violated” company policy.

But a closer reading of the Facebook community standards makes this action seem dubious, and sparked backlash. Facebook rules for photos read:

“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.”

Yes, breastfeeding is specifically mentioned in the policy.

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As such, Kristy Kemp pressed the issue. After her 24-hour lockout ended, she immediately uploaded a photo of another mom breastfeeding her baby.

It was also taken down in short order. Kemp told Fox40:

“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."

The issue of breastfeeding photos has come up before. Last year Facebook blocked mom Emma Kwasnica for uploading photos of herself breastfeeding.

After the incident blew up, Facebook sent a clarification, nebulously citing a difference between some photos and those displaying a fully exposed breast.

In Kemp’s case, media attention around the issue worked to her benefit after she was blocked. Facebook reinstated her account with an apology.

No word if Facebook Home or the Facebook phone will carry a similarly confusing breastfeeding policy ... but you can count on plenty of arbitrariness.

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I am absolutely disgusted that Facebook do not consider the very real, crime scene photo of a murdered man with a slit throat as depicting harm to someone. They are allowing a photo of a nearly decapitated young man to be shown, publicly, as a page photo, yet ban photos of breast feeding women? Is this really their policy? Really?? Don't they think that a photo of a murder victim is going to be a lot more damaging to children than part of a breast? Something is seriously wrong somewhere.

Ms-billie

First of all Facebook like any other site has policies that everyone is expected to follow. I'm not sure why all of you are coming down on Facebook she knew their policies and didn't follow them, someone reported her photos otherwise Facebook would not have done anything. Secondly they may not be offensive to some yet they are to others. Personally I don't find them offensive but don't want to see them either. I do not agree that is the most beautiful thing to see again that's just my opinion and don't expect everyone to agree with me. As for the comment about the sexual photos she said she has saw kazillions my question would be did she report them and if not why? I have reported such photos and they were removed/blocked or whatever..... There are other sites that welcome such photos why not use them instead of Facebook if she doesn't like their policies! ..... That's like forcing ones opinions and beliefs on another.

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Facebook sucks! Breastfeeding babies and moms are gret!

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@ Yes to bf

The thing is, she didn't violate the policy. And she posted the photos on a page specifically for new moms, many of whom are breastfeeding so the photo was relevant to them. If you prefer not to see it, it's pretty simple- don't go to her page.

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omparksh. aladaya

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omparksh. aladaya

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i swear this is wako... so its okay to be sucking dicks on the pics and grinding and showing tits.. ( i seen kazillions of those on fb) but its not okay to breastfeed, which has nothing to do with sex btw.. FUCKING HELL PPL

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@ omg

omparksh. aladaya

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@ omg

omparksh. aladaya

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stop with this crazy blocking, YOU PRUDISH AMERICAN MOMS!!
..............this is for most people the start of life!!
(can't help the masturbating lunatics)

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@ abe

BAHRAIN

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