DENVER – A Colorado mom is firing back at Facebook after she says her photos of breastfeeding were removed and her account was temporarily suspended.
Jeanna Hoch sent 9NEWS an email Thursday morning after she said her account was suspended for 24 hours after someone flagged a photo of her breastfeeding her baby as 'inappropriate.'
"I decided to put the photo up after a lot of thought," Hoch said.
She told 9NEWS some of her breastfeeding photos were removed from her account, but not all of them.
Facebook responded Thursday saying, "Someone reported an image to us and a member of our team removed it by mistake. The photo did not violate our Community Standards, so we've restored it and there shouldn't be any further issues."
Hoch sent 9NEWS a screenshot Thursday afternoon at 1:15 which showed she was still blocked from her account. Facebook restored access about 2:00 p.m., shortly after 9NEWS' second inquiry.
"I hear and see stories all the time of women being ashamed of breastfeeding in public, and I just wanted to bring awareness," Hoch said.
Facebook's response included a link to their Community Standards which says, "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."
On their help page, Facebook has responded to the question "Does Facebook allow photos of mothers breastfeeding?" by saying:
"Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies. Please note that the photos we review are almost exclusively brought to our attention by other Facebook members who complain about them being shared on Facebook."
However, Part of Facebook's user guidelines say, "You will not post content that: is hate speech, threatening, or pornographic; incites violence; or contains nudity or graphic or gratuitous violence."
The photo has sparked a lot of comments from 9NEWS viewers.
In response, Hoch said, "I have seen some of the negative comments, especially those questioning my background. I also have a B.A. in political science so I'm not stupid. I'm not ignorant. I know exactly what I'm doing and why. In addition to negative comments I have received many positive comments, many stories. In fact, a husband reached out to me thanking me for what I'm doing."
Hoch said she was disappointed in Facebook's inconsistencies with enforcing their policy. As of Thursday evening, the company had not responded to her messages.
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