Women around the world, fed up with Facebook’s policy of not allowing breastfeeding pictures, are organizing protests at Facebook offices and using Facebook to coordinate these efforts.
Facebook has a long and tortured relationship with breasts.
Now women around the world have decided to tell the site to grow. They are organizing protests for Facebook to change its policies against breastfeeding photos.
It was in 2008 that Facebook appears to have removed the lactation photos from the site.
At the time, Facebook claimed that it could not allow photos of breasts on a site where teens roam. Her stance has become more nuanced over the years. Today, their rules state that breastfeeding photos are fine as long as they do not show “an exposed breast where the child is not actively involved in breastfeeding..
Screenshot from Emma Kwasnica’s Facebook page: Chris Matyszczyk / CNET
However, the San Francisco Chronicle reports that some of the world’s mothers believe their photos have been flagged as inappropriate and their accounts are closed too often.
So they have organized “nurses” all over the world. And they are using Facebook to coordinate their activities.
The idea behind nurses is that as many mothers as possible go to their nearest Facebook office and breastfeed outside of it.
The Facebook page announces, for example, that Facebook’s office on Madison Avenue, New York, will be decked out for a protest on Monday. It also offers that Singapore will host one of these nurses outside of Facebook’s headquarters there on Tuesday at 10 a. m. I wonder how the local authorities could enjoy that.
The main focus of the protests is the Facebook page of lactation activist Emma Kwasnica from Vancouver. She says her account has been closed four times and that 30 of her photos have been flagged as inappropriate. The problem with that, of course, is that anyone can flag any of your public photos as inappropriate.
Kwasnica told the Chronicle: “This is discrimination. There is no other way to look at it. We are being treated like pornographers. Mothers who breastfeed, especially those with babies, spend hours a day with their children at the breast. They don’t try Be sexually explicit. This is just part of your everyday life. .
A Facebook representative said that honest mistakes happen, especially when more than 800 million people are on Facebook. Some would add another “especially”: especially since Facebook doesn’t have as many employees for its great value. The company also explains that its chest rules are similar to many other media outlets.
Kwasnica insists that what it is doing is perfectly normal. She told the Chronicle: “People share their entire days on Facebook, when they are eating, where they are eating, pictures of them feeding their children spaghetti. We see this as feeding our children..
A couple of weeks ago, you enjoyed a conference call with Facebook, but still came out unsatisfied.
He told the Huffington Post: “It is obvious to me now that Facebook has really lost control of their network, especially when their written policy clearly states that they support the sharing of breastfeeding images, but say they cannot control the actions. of their employees who keep deleting breastfeeding images and blocking user accounts who post them, usually ‘by mistake.’ This is infuriating to me. .
I’m not sure all mothers enjoy posting their breastfeeding photos on Facebook. The question, however, is whether these photos could harm someone.
Will anyone in Facebook offices around the world claim that, with the protests of infants outside, they were hurt or offended? Somehow I doubt it.
Maybe it’s an idea that Facebook doesn’t do anything about breastfeeding photos for a trial period of, say, three months, and see if anyone really cares.