Facebook removes Mom365 content - anti-mom or pro-family?

One month ago, Facebook finally removed violent rape joke pages from its network in response to 3 months of pressure - it took 200,000 petition signatures, a Twitter campaign and advertiser warnings before Facebook acted. But this past Friday, Facebook took one look at Mom365's page and promptly removed a photograph of a woman giving birth, along with 120 comments about the photo.

Facebook claims that the birthing picture we posted violates Facebook's Statement of Rights and Responsibilities - in other words, that the picture is pornographic - even though this photograph is a candidate for a National Geographic magazine award.  

The photo, by Lynsey Stone Photography, upset some of our Facebook followers - a few moms were outraged and several found the photo disgusting or too private for sharing. But many others found the picture to be beautiful and a tribute to womens' strength. We're sorry if we offended some of our followers. We believe that an artistically strong image of a woman birthing naturally, with her partner catching the baby, tells a powerful story.  

What do you think? Was Facebook right to remove the photo in order to protect some people from material they might not want to see?  (Facebook also routinely removes breastfeeding photos posted in breastfeeding groups.) Is the picture pornographic (and in that case, is National Geographic wrong to consider it for an award)? Or is Facebook overly sensitive to strong images of women as mothers?

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Comment by MaryMargret84 on March 1, 2013 at 7:37pm


Comment by Lillysmom60512 on July 31, 2012 at 2:28am

Its a little bit to much for facebook being that kids go on but this BEAUTIFUL picture is far from Porographic.

Comment by Jessica Mack on January 22, 2012 at 6:36pm

Photo is a little too "strong" for most including myself, but its not pornographic by any means. Kinda understand the removal but use a better excuse then that as for the breastfeeding thats just too far. There is nothing wrong with that we do it in public all the time.

Comment by Michele Wheeler on January 16, 2012 at 7:50pm

I do not use facebook, NEVER have... I try not to judge those who do but it is hard, especially since I am a strong minded, outspoken woman with a lot to say.  Here goes, NO way should Facebook even "act" or "claim" to be offended by this photo... it is real life, so deal with it.  Like many others said... I can only imagine the provocative and down right "slutty" pictures people put on their "page" or "wall", or whatever it is called.  I have heard plenty "about" facebook and overall most of it is negative, with very little positive.  I find it even more disgusting that someone could portray a breastfeeding mother in any negaive light what so ever, it is one of the most pure and beautiful sights for the eyes to see.  I'm sure there are a lot of "girls" on facebook showing their breasts in their LOW cut shirts or bikinis trying to attract SEX, but a woman using breasts for what GOD actually intended for them to be used is too much....that's not overly sensitive, it IS overly STUPID

Sincerely-  Michele Wheeler

Comment by Quicosmom on December 21, 2011 at 3:40pm

Nothing is being shown, so how can it be pornographic?   She has a sports bra on top and her hand is covering the bottom while she helps her baby out.  This is just one more ridiculous action taken by FB against Mothers and women. 

Comment by Lehanne on December 20, 2011 at 10:45pm

It is definitly NOT pornographic that's just dumb to say BUT it is disturbing.

Comment by Suzanna Nicholson on December 16, 2011 at 1:52am

That picture is disturbing for some viewers, but it is FAR from pornographic. The upper body is more sufficiently covered than some women's are in public in hot weather and during strenuous work. The woman's hand, man's hands, and the baby's head and body cover more of the bottom area than some women cover in public.

Personally, I think it's beautiful and should be left alone. If it were too private to share, then there wouldn't be a picture of it on the internet, because they would have kept it private.  If someone finds this pic too graphic then they can flip away from it, turn it off, or whatever it takes for them not to see it. But in order to access this pic, people would have to be on Mom365 so we've probably already seen or done it ourselves or want more information for when we do. In much more graphic detail! 

Comment by Erika, Star Mom on December 15, 2011 at 6:28pm

Thanks Kia, great story!

Comment by silvermix81 on December 15, 2011 at 2:46am

ha! thanks! i don't know how many times i missed that lol!

Comment by silvermix81 on December 15, 2011 at 1:08am

someone said there is more photos of this collection somewhere? can you post that link please? i hope i can see those before someone censors that site too!

i must say every time i see this pic it is more amazing to me. i myself was unable to have a vaginal birth so this photo is so many things to me. almost like it's letting me have something i couldn't experience and in some ways making me jealous because i couldn't experience that and so many more emotions. you know a photo is good when it provokes so many feelings and stirs your deep emotions within that you've never even knew you had!

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