My friend Jenny shared a story (ironically?) on Facebook that is all about how Facebook banned a mother’s photos, and later put the mother on a 24 hour ban from the site. I know many people who have had some rather heated discussions lately over the Timeline on Facebook, but this upsets me more. Sometimes life isn’t always sunshine and roses, and similarly that means that not every photo a person takes is going to show the “pretty” things. So Heather Walker’s son was born with Anencephaly (a defect that results in the child missing portions of the brain and skull)? One of the first things that parents do is take photos of their beautiful baby, and the Walker family was no different.
In one picture, baby Grayson looks similar to many other newborns – with his little blue stocking cap you can’t tell that there is anything physically wrong with him. The family also took plenty of other pictures, some of which included Grayson without the aforementioned cap on. These may have not been the typical baby photos that many people expect, but regardless they featured a beautiful child who only lived for eight hours. Heather Walker uploaded the pictures to Facebook to share with her friends and family, but was (understandably) upset when Facebook deleted the said photos “because of their content.” When she and her friends learned that the pictures were deleted, they all re-posted them to protest, according to the article. As a result of the pictures being re-posted, Heather was put on a 24 ban from Facebook.
There are nine different types of content that Facebook deems offensive (and will remove) but I don’t think the photos of Grayson fall into any of those. Even if Facebook deletes the photos again, there are other sites that Walker could use to share her family photos with friends and family. I do get that Facebook sets their own rules, but I still think that it’s sad that pictures of one child are okay, but photos of this baby aren’t.
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