Facebook denies any breastfeeding photos were removed from a
New Zealand-based mothers' group page.
Members of the group complained online about breastfeeding
photographs being reported, with one woman saying her
photographs were taken down and her profile suspended.
Renee Lyons posted on the Mummy Matters Facebook group last
Friday that she had to answer test questions to be allowed
But on Tuesday this week a Facebook spokeswoman said the
company had neither taken down any of the group's photos, nor
had any been removed.
Earlier, the spokeswoman said Facebook allowed breastfeeding
photographs, but images were occasionally removed in error.
Facebook supported mothers and families using the website to
share parenting experiences, including breastfeeding, and the
vast majority of breastfeeding photographs complied with
Facebook's policies, she said.
"On some occasions, breastfeeding photos contain nudity _ for
example an exposed breast that is not being used for feeding
_ and therefore violate our terms. When such photos are
reported to us and are found to violate our policies, the
person who posted the photo is contacted, and the photos are
However, after looking into the Mummy Matters' page, she said
no photographs had been removed.
The private Facebook group for mothers has almost 3500
members, and says it aims to be a positive place for mums and
mums-to-be to post and ask questions.
Claims last week that the breastfeeding photos had been
removed prompted a strong response from other members, with
one saying their photos of a toddler potty training had also
Other members said they would deliberately post breastfeeding
pictures in support.
The group's administrators could not be contacted for comment