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.
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.
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.