Last week, Facebook administrators removed photos of a mother breastfeeding her baby, saying the images were ‘too revealing’ for the all-ages social networking site. And the ‘ban’ has Facebook users and others up in arms.


The Facebook action was not, as reported in some media, a ban on all brest feeding photos — just the ones in question, which were deemed told show too much skin.

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt told Reuters news service, in a statement, that most breast feeding photos posted by members are not contested by site administrators, because they don’t contravene the Facebook ‘terms of use’. But the photos in question apparently crossed the line, as Facebook admins see it, and were removed, “to ensure the site remains safe and secure for all users, including children.”

Schnitt added that, “The photos we act upon are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other users who complain.”

Nevertheless, the woman whose photos were removed from Facebook, U.S. resident Kelly Roman, has started a petition titled: “Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!” At last count, it had registered more than 80,000 names and more than 10,000 comments.

Protesters actually held a ‘nurse-in’ on Facebook over the past weekend, posting hundeds of photos of breast feeding mothers and children. A few really agitated protesters actually picketed Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto CA.

However, Facebook management hasn’t budged on the issue. (Stay tuned…)

Facebook passed the 120 million user mark late last fall and its membership continues to grow at an astonishing rate.

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