Facebook joins Nigel Farage in consigning breastfeeding to the corner
C'mon Facebook... really?
Here's a lovely picture of a mother breastfeeding her baby, which we used to illustrate one of our recent Facebook posts.
Gorgeous, eh? Sadly, Facebook didn't agree - they removed the post last night, and left this rather cryptic note to explain why:
Sheesh. The irony is that the post in question was about the recent Claridge's kerfuffle, in which a mother was asked to cover herself (and her baby) with a giant napkin. That's right - the incident which prompted Nigel Farage to advise women against 'ostentatious breastfeeding'.
Even more confusingly, Facebook recently announced that they'd revised their policy on pictures of breastfeeding after *another* picture of a tiny baby being breastfed was summarily removed for breaching the same community standards, causing a bit of a storm.
Here's what they said:
So, we're a little bewildered. Is anyone really shocked to find a picture of a breastfeeding baby on the Mumsnet (the clue's in the name) Facebook page? And just what *is* Facebook's policy on breastfeeding pics?
If you're confused too, feel free to share on Facebook ;)
UPDATE: Facebook responds
This page was first published on 17 December; on 18 December, Facebook got in touch with the following statement:
"This content was removed in error. As our team processes more than one million reports each week, we occasionally make a mistake. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful. Images of mothers breastfeeding their infants have always been allowed on Facebook."
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