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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Facebook Blocks Photos of Child With Down Syndrome at Special Olympics

Posted By on Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Facebook doesn't "like" the Special Olympics
  • Facebook doesn't "like" the Special Olympics

Remember when Facebook brazenly deleted photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies, causing quite a ruckus from sleep-deprived moms, who later descended on the Facebook campus for a massive nurse-in?

Apparently, the Silicon Valley techies didn't learn much from that event.

The Bay Area tech giant reportedly blocked a North Carolina mother's Facebook page after she posted photos of her son, who has Down Syndrome, participating in a Special Olympics event. Diana Cornwell told CBS that "on Sunday, when I signed on, I had a message the pictures were a

violation and was ordered to remove them in order to continue. Every photo was of my son at the Special Olympics Event."

Facebook sent her the blunt message, and disabled her account for three days until she finally removed the pictures.

Shortly after she removed the pictures, she received the following message from Facebook:

Thank you for removing photos (that) violate the Facebook terms. Because you uploaded photos that violate our policies, you are temporarily blocked from posting on the site.  ... never upload anything that contains hate speech, support for violent organizations or threats to harm others.

Andrew Noyes, a spokesman for Facebook, said the company was truly sorry and claimed the pictures were flagged "in error." "We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope she'll repost the photo and continue to share her son's experience at the Special Olympics on Facebook," he said.

Cornwell says the online apology just wasn't good enough.

"This is not remotely over until they make some amends toward my son, toward myself, and the Special Olympics."

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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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