Facebook, the site that is notorious for not removing pages and photos that are actually offensive and banning photos that aren’t, has done it again. The site banned a family from posting pictures of the few hours they had with their child who was born with a severe birth defect. The images are a touching testament to a parent’s love for their child, and it is really heinous that Facebook considered them “offensive.”
Grayson Walker had anencephaly, a fatal condition which caused him to be born without parts of his brain and skull. The day he was born, his family had a special photo shoot done and a video made so they could remember his short life. Grayson’s mother, Heather Walker, finally posted the pictures to Facebook last month, two years after his death. From Essential Baby:
“Not long after, Facebook deleted them because of the content,” Walker told the media. “They allow people to post almost nude pictures of themselves, profanity, and so many other things but I’m not allowed to share a picture of God’s beautiful creation.”
To protest Facebook’s actions, Walker and her friends re-posted the photos, which resulted in Walker being banned from the site for 24 hours.
It may be hard to watch a family who you know will soon be losing a child. But the brief moments they spent cherishing him are just so beautiful. That anyone could find this offensive blows me away. Here is the video:
Facebook removed her photos and banned her from posting for 24 hours. Facebook’s team of image searches is in dire need of some sensitivity training – or some training in what is actually offensive. Breastfeeding photos are constantly being banned – now photos of family cherishing the few hours they have with their child is offensive, too? All the while it sometimes takes months to get pages that actually are offensive and problematic removed.
I’m sorry for the family’s loss and also sorry that they had to deal with the photo ban. I can’t imagine sharing something like that and getting that type of backlash. Heather Grayson has shared the photos on her personal blog.