Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Why We Shouldn't Blame Facebook...

...we need to blame our 'peers.' Facebook does not have vast amounts (or any) staff sitting around in cubicles in storage space D scouring their social networking site looking for breastfeeding photos. Photos, links, pages and posts are 'reported' as being obscene by folks just like you and me (only they are a little wrong in the head in a bad way).

From what I understand, when a certain photo/link/post/page receives enough reported hits there is an auto-system that just deletes said item and sends out an informative (sarcastic) email to the owner. The item is then 'gone' without any discussion.

When contacting Facebook for restoration I haven't heard of anyone not being able to get their page back (well, except the original Woman Uncensored personal account that was attached to her fan page that now sits locked and dormant :( WAAAAH!). Guggie Daly, Emma Kwasnica, and many others who have been deleted now have their accounts back due to support and persistence.

Maybe instead of saying that Facebook hates breastfeeding, perhaps we should encourage them to update their system so that there is some communication before something is deleted.

So, as much as we'd love to attack and blame Facebook... it just might not necessarily be their fault. Respond professionally and respectfully when helping these pages and people get restored. We want Facebook on our side after all... because it is our drug of choice and we don't want to peeve off the dealer. :P

Here are details on how you can help with the latest deleted page, The Leaky B@@B


  1. That makes a lot of sense.

    Think about it this way - the kind of thing that really *should* be reported (children being abused, etc.) isn't really the kind of thing you'd want to go to work and look at day after day to check if it should be deleted. So if they have an automated system, they spare their employees having to look at that.

    My suggestion, if I were to be able to make one to facebook admin, would be to have a box where complainers could describe what they're reporting. That way at least they'd be warned of what they're deleting and we might have less breastfeeding pictures deleted.

    Oh boy I hope that made sense haha

  2. It is a double edged sword... on one hand we do not EVER want photo's that exploit women and children posted a second longer... Yet we want to promote the beauty and 'rightness' of breastfeeding and the breastfeeding experience. I agree with the post above that the best way to initially approach Facebook or ANY other person or organization initially perceived as breastfeeding unfriendly is with tact and politeness. For ANY initial contact to be made with hostility and animosity will do NOTHING constructive AND may prevent constructive and productive dialog and outcomes in the future. We, the breastfeeding friendly community ,need to view ourselves as ambassadors ... and not be so quick to become part of the problem rather than part of the solution!
    Thank you,
    C.Colbs LPN,IBCLC
    Mom of 2 breastfed children and 2 breastfed grandchildren!