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Monday, February 6, 2012

Facebook vs. Nursing Moms: Bay Area Breastfeeders Protest Deleted Photos

Posted By on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Grow up, Facebook!
  • Grow up, Facebook!

You don't want to piss-off nursing mothers, who are already sleep-deprived. But Facebook is braving a fight with breastfeeding women who are joining a worldwide protest this morning, calling on the Bay Area company to stop deleting their nursing photos on Facebook. As we write, Bay Area mothers are congregating outside the company's headquarters in Menlo Park for a massive nurse-in. (We can't wait to see those photos on Facebook!)

Women are sick and tired of Facebook suspending accounts and removing posted photos of mothers nursing their infants, said Emma Kwasnica, a Canadian mom who traveled to California for the breastfeeding protest.

After her account was -- again -- suspended over her nursing photos, Kwasnica spoke with Facebook staff who told her they had no plans to stop the deletions of these baby-nursing photos. To make matters worse, Facebook removed some 250,000 supporters from the "Hey Facebook! Breastfeeding is Not Obscene" official petition group, which has been active since 2007, she said.

"It is obvious to me now that Facebook really has lost control of their

network, especially when their written policy clearly states they

support the sharing of breastfeeding images, yet they say they cannot

control the actions of their employees who keep removing breastfeeding

images and who block accounts of the users who post them - usually 'in


"This is exasperating to me," Kwasnica says.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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