When Canada’s Emma Kwasnica, a childbirth educator, breast-feeding advocate and mother of 3 gorgeous children posted photos of herself nursing her babies, the social network giant promptly took down the photos and suspended her facebook about because the breast feeding photos were deemed ‘sexually explicit.
According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, Facebook has suspended her account atleast 4 times over the past 4 years, since she joined the social networking site in 2007. One time, her account for suspended for as long as 30 days.
Emma Kwasnica cried afoul and called out Facebook on it.
This is discrimination. There’s no other way to look at it. We’re being treated as pornographers. Breast-feeding moms, especially ones with infants, spend hours a day with their children at their breast. They’re not trying to be sexually explicit. This is just part of their everyday lives.
Despite a spokeswoman for Facebook stating that the removal of breast-feeding photos was in no way malicious — just an honest mistake that happened when dealing with sheer volume of photos that come in each day, Kwasnica is not convinced. She thinks that all Facebook employees should undergo sensitivity training to prevent these errors from happening in the future.
Facebook Censoring Continues. Mothers Organize Worldwide Nurse-ins
While Facebook publicly apologized to Kwasnica about 2 weeks ago, she learned that breast-feeding mothers around the world were (and still are) finding their facebook accounts suspended and their breastfeeding photos removed. So they have organized protest events around the world this Monday February 6th 2012.
Kwasnica got together with other nursing mothers and has organized – ironically using facebook groups, events feature – a worldwide ‘nurse-ins’ this Monday (today). The idea behind the nurse-ins is to have as many mothers as possible go to their nearest Facebook office and breast-feed their babies outside it.
The facebook protest event page for the Facebook’s Madison Avenue, New York, office, for example currently shows 42 mothers as participating in the nurse-in protest.
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