Facebook Apologizes After Banning Mom Over Breastfeeding Photo


Facebook has a strict no-nudity policy when it comes to sharing photos on its servers. Never was that more obvious than when the social network removed a risque-looking photo of a woman’s elbow.

But mother and breastfeeding advocate Kristy Kemp thinks Facebook went too far when the company booted her from her own Breastfeeding/MamaTalk page for a photo uploaded by one of her 5,500 followers. In fact, she was actually able to squeeze an apology out of the social media giant over the misstep.

Here is the offending pic:


Facebook’s policy regarding nudity (shown below) clearly states that the company “aspire[s] to respect people‚Äôs right to share content of personal importance,” and even specifically mentions breastfeeding as falling under that category. But Kemp has now been locked out not once, but twice over innocent breastfeeding photos her followers have posted to the page.


Sacramento’s Fox 40 got a chance to sit down with Kemp:

Even though Kemp spent days trying to get a response from Facebook regarding both incidents, once Fox 40 got ahold of the story, they were able to get an answer in a matter of hours. According to CNet, the apology read, in part:

A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook. This was mistake [sic], and we sincerely apologize for this error.

It seems unlikely this “mistake” would happen twice in a row; but regardless, Kemp’s access to her page has been restored and a small victory has been won against Facebook’s over-zealous banning procedures.

(via The Phoblographer)

  • The all mighty one

    Who the hell puts stuff like this on facebook?

  • Doctor Octothorpe

    Someone who isn’t ashamed of breastfeeding?

  • eraserhead12

    regardless of whether or not you’re “ashamed” or “proud” to breastfeed (?), the question still stands: why would you put this on facebook??

    no judgment, but that kid ain’t no baby either..

  • Doctor Octothorpe

    Who knows? Maybe she’s in a group of breastfeeding activists? Maybe she’s involved in the local la leche league coaching new moms in breastfeeding? It’s her business & Facebook is being disingenuous given the ads I often see on it and their content.

  • junyo

    “…she was actually able to squeeze an apology out…” seems an, let’s go with unfortunate, choice of words.

  • 773metric

    Facebook sucks.

  • bob cooley

    I know its a natural thing, but I don’t want to see it on Facebook.

    I won’t post photos of my kids going to the potty if you won’t post breastfeeding pix… thanks.

  • Trythe1

    ahaha sure it is its a 48 month old

  • eraserhead12

    he’s only 200 weeks young lol

  • Simon

    Are you serious? Grow up you immature person.

  • Simon

    Breastfeeding is the most natural part of our lives, to make women feel like they are outcast for doing something natural is wrong!

  • Carin Basson

    In all fairness, I’d rather that Facebook is quick to respond to reported photos and reverses their decision later than to find the types of images their rules are meant for.

  • Anonymouse

    Mastutbating is natural too. However, facebook still bans most pictures of women pleasing themselves.


  • Samuel

    This was reported in the UK by hate rag the daily mail and it was indeed posted in a group of people known as “Lactavists” who’s goal is to make breastfeeding less frowned upon by people.

  • Samuel

    Whats omitted in this story is that it was posted in a group of breastfeeding “activists” it wasn’t just gonna popup on your feed unless you liked it which if you did then its probably more your fault.

  • Addison

    The Taliban would never have allowed this. Both mother and baby would have been…

  • Spdkng333

    Facebook has over a billion users. This is not a personal attack or political statement or have anything to do with this lady personally. It’s about them trying to follow their guidelines. Did you hear the uproar a couple weeks ago when a reported child Pitney video wasn’t taken down fast enough? So which is worse, accidentally taking down a couple of pictures of breast feeding or ignoring something someone must have reported? People like this lady need to realize that the world doesn’t revolve around them and that not everyone is out to get them. With the billions of photos uploaded daily, mistakes are going to happen.

  • Time

    Penises are natural, more penises on Facebook! No, wait!