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Facebook reportedly told some mothers to not repost images or face ban from the service

One person's obscene is another person's artwork, right? The age-old debate about breast feeding in public or showing pictures of moms breastfeeding has been sparked again after Facebook has begun removing images of mothers breast-feeding their children from the site.

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said no action is taken on most breast-feeding photos because they follow the site terms of agreement according to Reuters. Schnitt said in a statement, "Photos containing a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those terms (on obscene, pornographic, or sexually explicit material), and may be removed."

Schnitt also points out that the majority of photos that Facebook acts on are brought to their attention by other users who have complained about the images. The ban of breast feeding images by Facebook has led some users to sign an online petition called "Hey Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!"

Protesters have also held a virtual nurse-in on Facebook and held a demonstration outside of Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto. The online petition has so far gathered over 80,000 names and over 10,000 comments that have reignited the debate about breast-feeding in public.

One mother who had an image removed from her page of her breast feeding her child told Reuters, "I find it offensive that (Facebook) can remove my photo but not the close up picture of a thonged backside I (have) seen on a friend's page or remove the "what kama sutra position are you?" quiz application."

Facebook has tried to illustrate the fact that it is not alone in banning images of breast-feeding women. According to Schnitt Facebook called many media groups in the U.S. during the protest and asked to place an ad related to breast feeding that showed the woman feeding with a fully exposed breast. Facebook says that none of the outlets it contacted would agree to let the ad run.





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