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Nursing A Grievance Against Facebook

You won’t find this story in the corporate news media. Their big story of the day is that there are low, low prices at the shopping mall. If you can get your head out of the discount gutter, however, it’s worth taking note: Facebook, a big social networking site, has decided to censor photographs of women breastfeeding their babies. Why? Facebook says the photographs are “obscene”.

Of course, as a privately-run site, Facebook has the right to censor whatever it wants. It could censor all photographs of sequins on the grounds that sequins are tacky. However, there’s a big difference between what Facebook has the right to do and what’s the right thing to do.

Facebook moms are protesting in force today. From 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM Pacific Time, mothers will be protesting in Palo Alto, outside of Facebook headquarters. Their protest: A nurse-in, breastfeeding their infants in public, as is their right to do. There’s also an online protest today, in which members of Facebook are posting photographs of themselves nursing their babies as their profile photographs.

It’s censorship that’s obscene – not breastfeeding. Will Facebook get the message?

2 comments to Nursing A Grievance Against Facebook

  • Extra-Ordinary

    See, this is where Facebook needs to understand how to use corporate media to indirectly censor their content. All they need to do is get Chris Hansen to run an expose on fat, bald, hairy guys that beat it to pictures of moms breastfeeding and those pictures would be off of there really quick.

    Power to the Mammaries!!

  • So you think that’s bad? Check out what is going on really! Read some of the info and links in this group, on the insecurities and vulnerabilities of Facebook, and the Privacy Invasion that is going on.
    GROUP: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=50369949401

    Check out the current stats for Facebook.
    http://www.facebook.com/press/info.php?statistics

    Particularly this:

    * More than 660,000 developers and entrepreneurs from more than 180 countries
    * More than 52,000 applications currently available on Facebook Platform
    * 140 new applications added per day
    * More than 95% of Facebook members have used at least one application built on Facebook Platform

    How on earth can FaceBook possibly have the manpower or hours to actually police these third-party applications that I do NOT condone to share my information with???

    They claim they monitor the applications, but how on earth could they possibly know what each application is doing behind the scenes?

    I would like some people to get to the bottom of this, and for FaceBook to clear up a few issues, and maybe tighten policy before it bites them in the a**

    Anyone got more facts or can help here?

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