It’s not enough that Motrin posts a snarky ad advising moms that it’s only a theory that nursing is good for your baby and creating a social media uproar on Twitter. Now a social media giant, Facebook decides it’s a good idea to ban bare breasts from their site.
Doesn’t anybody get it? From the social media experts at Mashable
A group of moms staged a protest outside Facebook’s Palo Alto offices yesterday over the site’s policy to remove photos of bare breasts. While Facebook’s policy is to remove photos where the nipple or areola is visible, attendees of the MILC (Mothers International Lactation Campaign) “nurse in” want an exception for breastfeeding moms.
I should say so!
Only a hand full of protesters turned out, but as of Sunday afternoon, 73,000 of us have joined the Facebook Group with the official petition. These things take time.
It’s hard to say whether either demonstration will move Facebook executives — who appeared to not be at work Saturday — to lift the site’s prohibition of breasts displayed on members’ profiles and albums. Facebook says the areola, the dark skin around the nipple, violates a policy on “obscene, pornographic or sexually explicit” material.
On their Facebook group site, which also serves as an open petition to the company, nursing advocates by Saturday evening had posted more than 10,000 wall comments, two dozen videos and nearly 3,000 photos of breast-feeding, while starting more than 1,500 discussion threads. Facebook, it seemed, was not removing them.
All this might not have happened had the social networking site simply answered Heather Farley’s e-mail asking why the networking giant in October removed photos of her breast-feeding her baby.
When she posted another photo and then received a letter threatening to delete her account, she went public.
Another day, another corporation that doesn’t get it. I’m, tweeting this.
How about you?