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?