Facebook: Calling on Facebook to follow their own Terms of Service when removing photos.
Facebook (and all social medias owned by such, including but not limited to Instagram) moderators have repeatedly removed content which empowers women, encourages respect for the birthing process, and promotes the care and nourishment of babies.
Since the inception of the Birth Without Fear page (now with over 110,000 followers), this harassment has steadily increased. On average admins of Birth Without Fear are banned 4x a month for posting content that in no way violates Facebook's policy. Other pages' posts depicting child abuse, celebrating rape and assault, and other obscene materials have not been removed, even when reported multiple times.
What does this say about Facebook's valuation of women's rights? Does Facebook condone violence against women and discourage the women's health movement?
Beyond an unequal (and inaccurate) application of Facebook's Terms of Service, these actions place misogynist values over those of family, bodily autonomy, and gender equality. This harassment threatens a thriving and supportive community; it makes life difficult for the page and group administrators who volunteer their time to maintain it; and it sends a message of aggression and censorship to those whom we most need to support: mothers of young children.
At least give mothers and families (including birth and breastfeeding) the same respect you seem to give pornography.
Facebook's policy on breastfeeding photos that they do not follow:
"Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies. Photos that show a fully exposed breast where the child is not actively engaged in nursing do violate the Facebook Terms. These policies are based on the same standards which apply to television and print media."
Birth Without Fear's blog post about this issue: http://birthwithoutfearblog.com/2013/05/29/the-backwards-views-of-the-world-and-women-facebook/
Calling on Facebook and Instagram to stop discriminating against women who wish to educate and learn about birth and breastfeeding - discrimination that takes the form of removing photos which do not violate the TOS and deactivating the profiles of those who post them.
Birth Without Fear started this petition with a single signature, and now has 10,047 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.