Facebook bullying is common practice these days, but usually it’s by teens … not mothers, targeting other parents’ little toddlers and babies, as is the case here.
Yes, a Facebook group of grown women is taking part in what some are calling "toddler bashing," posting pics of kids and making fun of them online.
The offending Facebook group takes photos from others’ accounts without the owners’ knowledge. It was meant to be private, but the word got out.
Photos were sent to a local Fox station of the page, where people – including some moms, no less – post and ridicule pictures of other people’s kids.
Under one photo of a baby, a woman posted, "It’s hideous."
Another woman added, "You can absolutely not fix ugly."
Another Facebook commenter wrote, "An ugly baby thread. I have died and gone to heaven. Why can’t you guys live near me so we can do this over cocktails?"
As you might expect, the obligatory backlash has hit.
Ellen Veach was notified by a friend that her two-year-old daughter’s photo was on the site. "At first, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe it," she said.
"It was basically just a head shot of one of the pictures I had posted in my album and it was next to another picture of a cartoon character basically."
Veach says she didn’t realize friends of friends had access to her Facebook pics, let alone that someone would willingly commandeer them for this.
"So I’m posting pictures of my son’s first day in kindergarten or Ivy’s new outfit or something just naively posting it up there so my friends can see."
She can’t believe there’s a page that "targets children and makes fun of them. That’s just something I wouldn’t even think a mother or grown woman would do."
Veach says that some children on the site were disabled, no less.
Facebook would not comment specifically, but says it reviews all reported violations of its standards that address identity, privacy, bullying and harassment.
UPDATE: The page in question has reportedly been taken down and the women associated with it have also disabled their personal pages … for the most part.
Others are somehow defending their actions with regard to the alleged bulying, posting on their Facebook pages that it’s their freedom of speech.
Which may technically be true, but so is this: You’re a$$holes.