Facebook lifts ban on breastfeeding photos

breastfeeding2 Facebook lifts ban on breastfeeding photos

If you’re planning to post a breastfeeding photo to Facebook, you’ll no longer be at risk of having your page suspended. The social media giant has reversed its stance on breastfeeding photos following public backlash amid several high-profile cases.

It changed its community guidelines in late May to allow users to post photos of breastfeeding. A post on Facebook’s help page now says: “We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we’re glad to know that it’s important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook.”

Facebook never explicitly banned breastfeeding photos, but there has been a litany of complaints about moderators removing such images citing “nudity” and “pornography”. It has been among social media sites targeted by the #FreeTheNipple campaign, which encompasses everything from breastfeeding photos to singer Rihanna’s topless photos on Instagram. Bruce Willis and Demi Moore’s daughter, Scout Willis, even walked the streets of New York topless to protest censorship by Instagram. The campaign has so far amassed more than 60,000 tweets and 5000 emails.

Facebook has ordered its moderators to consider the context of an image, so non-sexual photos will be allowed. But it may take moderators some time to catch up with the new policy. In the wake of the rule change, US blogger Paala Secor posted a breastfeeding photo that showed her nipple. Not even a day later, Facebook unpublished her page and warned it could be deleted. It subsequently apologised, saying a moderator had “accidentally” removed it.

The rule change doesn’t mean it will all be smooth sailing for breastfeeding mums wanting to post photos – they’ll want to have supportive Facebook friends. On the help page, Facebook says: “Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook.” But at least complainants will now get the message that breastfeeding is perfectly natural.

(via The Independent)

7 Comments

  1. There was already a statement in Facebook’s help/faq/terms that breastfeeding is appropriate and allowed before May. Yes they’ve apparently still been removed, but Facebook makes a lot of mistakes (half of my comments get censored as spam, but they’re clearly not). According to Paala’s post the big news is a recent ‘hush hush’ change to whether you can show nipple in your breastfeeding pics, unless she’s not acurate either.

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  2. I wish I could find a more appropriate social site.. Facebook has become way to inappropriate! I am just angry and annoyed by this would be great if we had a way to dislike certain things so the modest people who don’t wanna see a kid sucking on his mom OK that we don’t have to see it!! Very inappropriate for social media!!!!

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  3. A big huge congrats to every breast feeding mums, especially one certain young lady that i classify as a daughter that constantly had complaints against her pictures who finally made a stand and made up a fb page “boobies for my baby” thanks to her and many others who joined the page they finally succeeded. Good work i say i wish i had the guts to breast feed in public when i was younger.

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  4. Breast Feeding is Natural it is the most Precious & Beautiful things I breast feed my 3 Beautiful 7 1/2 years all up I breast fed five years straight 2 1/2 years my Daughter she stop breast feeding on Friday & we told her it was time for her Brother to be Breast feed & the next day started breast feeding my Son 2 1/2 year he was born by C-section so I new I was having him that why I stop breast feeding my child the night before it was the most wonderful Experience I have & breast feeding out in the open as well I did it every where Except the toilet food shopping Restaurants with no Hassle you would not go & eat in the toilet so why are you telling women to go & do that the toilet are not the Cleaners places I would & did not ever do that I did it in a parent room we should have breast feeding poster every where breast is best

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  5. I agree breastfeeding is a beautiful, nurturing thing but I don’t need or want to see that on my newsfeed. People need to be selective as to what they post on social media, it is there forever.

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  6. For those complaining about not wanting to see ‘that’, do you say the same when you see a picture of a family out to dinner at a restaurant? Breastfeeding is natural and the problem people have with it is because breasts have been over sexualized. There is nothing sexual about me feeding my child. And if it would be okay to post a picture of my kid eating an apple, then there should be no problem posting my infant eating.

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  7. I breastfed when ever and where ever I needed to but I never flashed myself around. People have gotten stupid and are going too far. Why would you need the world to see something that is beautiful for yourself and bub? I’m pretty sure my man isn’t thinking “look hun how sweet a mum breast feeding her baby” when he sees a picture of it.

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