Groups of breastfeeding mums have been protesting at Facebook offices around the world this week to defend their right to post up their breastfeeding pictures on the site.
Protests began after Canadian mum Emma Kwasica, who has posted over 200 photos of herself breastfeeding her three children, revealed that Facebook had labelled around 30 of her photos as “obscene” and “sexually explicit.” Emma’s Facebook account has been suspended five times because of this and she said she knows at least 30 other women whose accounts have been shut down for the same reason.
Since then, mums around the world have shown up outside Facebook offices in protest, including the office in London.
According to reports in the US, around 60 mums turned up at the Facebook headquarters in California and staged a nurse-in. Group protests and staged nurse-ins have also been happening in other cities, including New York, Paris, Dublin and Sydney, though the Australian mums opted to call their protest a ‘boob out’ instead of a ‘nurse-in’.
“We agree that breastfeeding is natural and we are very glad to know that it is important for mothers, including the many mothers who work at Facebook, to share their experience with others on the site. However, photos which contain a fully exposed breast, do violate our terms and may be removed if they are reported to us,” commented Facebook, reports the Huffington Post.
What do you think about Facebook’s breastfeeding photo ban? Have you taken part in a boob out?