I am really starting to think that Facebook has something against parents in general. First it was the breastfeeding mothers and the breastfeeding support pages that were the victim of misinterpreted terms of service rules, which ended with deletions. Even the most covered up breastfeeding mothers became targets.
But now in the wake of birth photographs and maternity pictures being taken down, one has to ask what they have against pregnant women and mothers?
As Rebecca posted about earlier in the week, Laura Eckert a birth and maternity photographer, had her entire Facebook page for her business deleted over photographs in this genre. After having a baby, some couples are a little busy, and the easiest way for them to be able to see and obtain copies of their birth or maternity photographs are through Facebook… sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?
After weeks of trying to contact Facebook she finally got a message back from them about her account deletion, but only after it made news… locally and nationally. Rebecca reported:
Apparently, some of the pictures Eckert had posted from a recent birth were tagged as “obscene” by their photo censors. Facebook has strict anti-obscenity policies for photos, intended to keep the site safe for younger users. Eckert says that she is always conscious of these policies. She crops her photos carefully to comply, never showing genitalia or even a nipple. So what exactly did the photo censors find objectionable?
But I can’t say I am surprised as a mother who has had photographs deleted myself. Nothing obscene or showing any part of my body that would be against Facebook’s terms of service… nothing offensive or disgusting or hurtful… Just a simple photograph of myself nursing, with a blanket cover in Fenway Park in Boston. But simply because the caption of the photograph said I was breastfeeding, it was taken down.
But it seems like parents are being the only ones targeted, while the pictures of drunk twenty-something girls, half naked and intoxicated, continue to make their rounds on the website with no complaints. A double standard if you ask me.
Unless Facebook comes up with some kind of no maternity photographs or no birth photographs in their terms of service policy… they should start considering watching what kind of photos they delete because their hypocrisy in TOS violations will continue to make national headlines, and parents world-wide will lose interest in Facebook, which has already started to happen.
Because this pregnant woman isn’t going to take much more!