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?