Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Facebook vs Mummie

Hey! Have you heard?! I was Facebook blocked for 24 hours! Yupp! This Mummie right here! It seems as though Facebook was not too happy with me POINTING out their outright DISLIKE for breastfeeding photos. In case you did not hear what happened, heard what happened but do not know the whole story...... this post is for you! (This post is also for The Facebook Gods....what you have done is hypocritical! And we will not stand by and watch it happen!)

I came across a photo (or a Meme.. as it were...) that shows just how redonkulous the "rule carry-outers" at Facebook are. The Meme came from Jodine's World and flat out SHOWS what Facebook "believes" to be appropriate and inappropriate. One photo was decided to pass their "regulations" while the other was removed and the original poster was banned for a time, as punishment. (FYI Jodine has been banned for a whooping 30 days due to this!)

I was OUTRAGED when I saw what was allowed to stay on Facebook and what was removed. It was not only disgusting but completely REDONKULOUS! (That is our word of the week here at the Mummie household... can you tell?) 

Are you curious as to what this Meme is? (I have "censored" the top image, the one that was considered "appropriate" to Facebook and their "terms." I did this for THIS post only..... I did NOT do this when I shared the same photo on Facebook-- which is why I was punished by a Facebook grounding. You may ask why I choose to censor it now.... well because this is MY blog and I consider Mummie's Nummies a family friendly blog. Besides... the mustaches are SOOOOO in right now.)

This is what I woke up to yesterday morning. A nice little "warning" from Facebook. This was followed with a "you have been banned for 24 hours......" punishment. 

Okay so let me get this right.... The top image was a "winner" of a Homer Simpson look a like contest (of some sort.) It shows the FULL frontal of a naked woman. THIS was flagged as inappropriate (by a fellow Facebooker) BUT she was later notified (by Facebook) that the Homer picture was not against Facebook regulations. HOWEVER the bottom photo depicting a 19th century image of a Japanese woman breastfeeding was deemed inappropriate, removed from the original post and the original poster was BANNED from Facebook. WHAAAAATTTT?! How does any of THAT make sense?

So of course I took to the internet waves and shared it on Mummie's Nummies! Then, in less than 24 hours, I got banned too. (Which means someone reported MY post.... and Facebook decided I was in the wrong. Hmmmmm.) Yupp! I got punished! 

While I have been banned (as I write this post I still have 6 hours to go!) I was able to log into my Facebook accounts (my personal and group pages.) I was able to read ALL posts, ALL comments and ALL tags (Thanks Mummies! The love you have shown me is full of awesome-sauce!) BUT I was not able to "like" or comment on anything. The best way I can describe this punishment is that of a ghost. I am there... but no one can see me! I could not even haunt anyone! Sheesh! Some ghost I am!

But I did put my punishment to good use! I did some research, reached out to my breastfeeding friends (I have some friends in high places) and contacted my Mummie friends! Oh no, this Mummie was not going to take her banishment quietly! I remembered just LAST week I saw a fellow Mummie share a Facebook rule regarding breastfeeding photos. It seemed Facebook was getting with the program and letting us know that breastfeeding photos were considered "safe" in their regulations..... I was able to find it! So behold, Mummies. I even highlighted the breastfeeding section:

(We aspire to respect people’s right to share content of personal importance, whether those are photos of a sculpture like Michelangelo's David or family photos of a child breastfeeding.)

I think you need to "aspire" a bit harder, there Facebook! Why on earth is a female full nude frontal NOT against these rules BUT a breastfeeding photo is? That goes against what that whole paragraph explains! 

Breastfeeding is beautiful, naturalistic, powerful, simplistic and everything that PORNOGRAPHY and NUDITY is NOT! Get with the times, hear what we are saying, learn from your mistakes! Be the company that we know you can be. Support what is right and not what one person behind the computer screen who is wearing the Facebook Police name tag thinks is okay. 

We will not be quiet. We will not be shunned. We will stand together and support what is right... we will MAKE you enforce what rules YOU have created! Remove a pornographic/nude picture, not a breastfeeding picture. What you have done is succeed in letting people know how hypocritical you are. You went AGAINST your OWN rules and community standards. This needs to be addressed and corrected. 

(Awww look! Facebook even gave me a countdown to my freedom! Isn't that nice?)

Because we are not done. Share this Mummies. Share this everywhere you can. Show everyone how redonkulous Facebook and their "rule police" are. I am not the first breastfeeding advocate to be blocked from Facebook and (sadly) I am sure I wont be the last. But the reasons as to why I was banned are beyond maddening and WRONG. Bottom line! Facebook was wrong and I was just pointing it out to everyone who could see it. I shared a photo which they deemed "appropriate" and a photo that follows their own breastfeeding related approved policies/community standards. And I got banned. Does that even make sense?



Who is with me?

~Mummie


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