Facebook Will Now Allow Breastfeeding Pics

Written by James Kicinski-McCoy
11:45 am
06/18/14

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Could the Facebook vs. Breastfeeding Mothers battle finally be over? Apparently, yes. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with the great boob debate, Facebook, along with its sister company Instagram, have removed countless photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies from their platform with zero notice, which has left breastfeeding advocates defending their rights to feed their babies and not be discriminated against. Repeat offenders have had their accounts suspended on Facebook, and on Instagram some accounts have been disabled. The issue has been a interesting one, being that Facebook users’ photos aren’t monitored by Facebook employees, but rather reported by other users who feel offended by the breast-baring pics. But now, a breakthrough: Two weeks ago Facebook updated its “obscene content policy” to allow women to share their nursing babies and their breasts in photographs on the social network. See the message from Facebook’s Help Center, below:

Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful, and we’re very glad to know that it is important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies, and we will not take action on them. Photos that show a fully exposed breast where the child is not actively engaged in nursing do violate Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media. It is important to note that photos which we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain about them being shared on Facebook.

Of course, not everyone’s happy about the change. One user commented, “I’m all for breastfeeding, but I don’t want to look at pictures of someone’s (anyone’s) completely exposed breasts, baby latched onto one or not. It’s not inappropriate at all, I just don’t want to see it. I don’t really understand why woman feel the need to show their breasts to prove a point.”

Now, we want to know what you—mothers and non-moms alike—think about the policy update. Are you giving Facebook a thumbs up or thumbs down on the new move?

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