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Facebook Decrees Breastfeeding Pictures Indecent

You don't just have to worry about posting pictures that could get you fired on Facebook, but you also have to worry about violating their terms against posting obscene photos — which apparently includes those of breastfeeding mothers.

That's the situation Facebook member Heather Farley found herself in when Facebook took down photos of her breastfeeding her new baby. Their big beef? The areola was visible.

Facebook's spokesman claims that the site doesn't find the pictures obscene, but they're just trying to keep everyone safe: "The company insists it is not about obscenity, but more about safety. The policies are to ensure the site remains safe, secure and trusted by its users, who also include teenagers."

Oh, I see. Because areolas endanger teens. Wait, what? See, I think it's up to Facebook about what they want to do with their site, but I wish they would have clarified their reasoning more clearly. Also, since the users profile photos are meant for the friends they added, why would Facebook even care?

To hear what Farley and others are doing to fight back against Facebook,


In any case, Farley and thousands others have started a Facebook group, "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!".

This reminds me a lot of the Photobucket incident earlier this year where they removed pictures of babies in diapers, for which they eventually admitted their mistake. Will Facebook do the same?


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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 8 years
I don't see how this is a big deal...Just email your friends the picture. You should assume anything on facebook will be circulated to everyone on the earth, regardless of your privacy settings. On the breastfeeding issue, just use a sheet and keep things decent. It is still your boob. If you were against showing it in public before pregnant, try to avoid hanging it out after pregnancy (in public).
Foofie Foofie 8 years
So what's next? Pictures of the tween/teenie's acting like whores? Pictures of people being drunk and smoking weed? I think those are more "damaging" to teenage viewers then some mother breast feeding her child.. retarded
macgirl macgirl 8 years
This has nothing to do with breastfeeding or formula feeding. It is rules, cut and dry. NO AEREOLA. you show areola and your photo is banned. If you don't like it post somewhere else. Unfortunately it is getting twisted due to some unfortunate choices in their wording in their terms of use. Facebook had to draw a line and their line includes areolas.
givecoup givecoup 8 years
I don't really understand the attitude against public (or private) breastfeeding in this country. I mean, sure, I can understand that seeing it is a bit uncomfortable but I think it's really how we were raised that determines our views on this than the natural act itself. It's accepted and done almost all over the world, in front of family, without covers and in all public areas so why is it so much of an affront to the sensibilities of people here? Plus, most of the pictures contested that were posted on facebook are posted for friends only to see. Given the good work companies that sell 'formula' have done to brainwash mothers that 'formula' is the best for your child, we really need to support the rights of mothers to breastfeed wherever and whenever necessary.
mrskrismendoza mrskrismendoza 8 years
Wow. We can have pictures of people being blown up, but God forbid we see a nipple. Only in America.
macyxmakeup macyxmakeup 8 years
I don't understand what the big deal is as long as the pictures were private. With facebook, nobody else can see the pictures of you choose only have to have your friends see it. I do not think it's a big deal as long as the pictures weren't public.
PastryPlum PastryPlum 8 years
I agree with Chopsuey and I am glad I do not have to see that. If this person want photos of herself breastfeeding she or he can set the privacy level on Facebook. Even Myspace has that option.
Chopsuey Chopsuey 8 years
I personally think mothers who breast feed in public, barely covering themselves is really gross. Its really not beautiful. Cover that stuff up!!
divinelight divinelight 8 years
I think I can agree with Facebook if it's because the areola was visible. I mean, television normally blurs that stuff. I don't think there is anything wrong with breastfeeding, but if Facebook has a policy then that's it. The rule isn't again breastfeeding, it's against nudity. If there are others who had their photos removed and the areola wasn't showing in them, then I might agree that Facebook is in the wrong.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
I don't get it, who the hell is so eager to show themselves breastfeeding to the public? If it's that big if an issue, email it then. Posting it online is completely different.
macgirl macgirl 8 years
When I clicked the link from my RSS feeds I thought I was going to lilsugar ;-) As much as I am for breastfeeding rights I think companies have to make guidelines that work to protect themselves. If they say it is OK to show breastfeeding what will keep an old perv from posting a picture of him breastfeeding and then try and fight it that he is doing something natural and legit.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
Haha, it seems silly in that context but I think I can understand where they're coming from. Personally, I think breastfeeding itself is beautiful but I wouldn't stop and stare in awe of a mother and child if I saw them at a park. It's too intimate and too private. But with that said, it's just my preference. I'm not offended. I guess the problem with pictures is the moment itself is frozen and it's free for anyone to just stare at for an extended period of time; without violating the mother and child, so it's sick to say but I can only imagine that some people might find *gag* pleasure in it, hence their use of the word "safety". But that's just my guess. My very long-winded guess. :P Either way you're right Geek; it's meant for their friends to see so it should be assumed that they'd find it beautiful anyway, right? Or at least okay. But I digress. That's how it goes. 9/10 people might find it okay but there's still that 1 person so they block it just to be fair. The irony~
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