Facebook apparently feels that breasts in any form are obscene. This is unfortunate because it has caused them to remove, reinstate, remove, and reinstate again a fan page called The Leaky B@@b. It’s a blog all about breastfeeding. Yes, they talk about breasts. Yes, there are pictures of women breastfeeding their babies. No, none of it is obscene.
I find it rather shocking that this is even an issue in what are supposed to be informed times. But clearly, it is an issue. So, in a show of solidarity for breastfeeding advocates in general, I’d like to draw a little attention to the situation. Feel free to post on Facebook that you’d really like to be able to have a resource to get help and information on breastfeeding. They need to know that this is a big deal to a lot of people.
The bigger issue, of course, is not any one site. I’ve not used The Leaky B@@b much myself. It’s the fact that breastfeeding and breast health are being confused with pornographic representations of breasts. It seems clear that this is a matter of software being coded to flag boobies, any boobies. Facebook needs to update their software to make it a little more discriminating, or at least allow page owners to flag their pages as being health-related perhaps.
In the meantime, I hope that Facebook realizes the error of their ways. If you’d like to read about the issue from the source, visit The Leaky B@@b and check out their press release. As of this moment you can also check out The Leaky B@@b’s Facebook page, but you might want to hurry before they remove it again.