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Facebook removes photos of childbirth

22 Oct , 2014  | by:

We’ve seen this before with breastfeeding images, and now the issue is back with childbirth photos. Whether you like it or not, Facebook is exercising its curating powers by removing photos of childbirth. Milli Hill, who heads the organization called the Positive Birth Movement, had her photos removed and her page temporarily banned after posting such images, which violated Community Guidelines. She observes:

“You could argue that this is simply about nudity, but I think there’s more to it. Social media reflects our wider culture’s issue, not with naked women, but with naked women who look real and active as opposed to air-brushed and passive. It also reflects millennia of attempts to suppress women’s power, of which childbirth is perhaps the ultimate expression.”

You can read more about it here: By removing photos of childbirth, Facebook is censoring powerful female images | Milli Hill | Comment is free | theguardian.com.


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