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Facebook pulls post-birth body & baby pictures, moms fight back

Facebook Pulls Post-Birth Body & Baby Photos, Moms Fight Back

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project in Chicago is demanding answers from Facebook after its social media page was pulled from the site.

WGN reports that the project may be deemed 'too sexy' for Facebook: the project has been blocked at least a half dozen times, sometimes for hours, days or weeks. Facebook eventually pulled the page and deleted it, all because people flagged the photos as 'inappropriate.'

Ashlee Wells Jackson is the owner and photographer behind the photodocumentary, and she's stunned by the backlash over photos she's captured of moms and their bouncing babies.

Jackson says 'the problem for us is the double standard. We have not broken any of their rules. Every photo, every image, every link, every story that we've posted has fully abided by their terms and conditions in their community standards.'

At first, Jackson thought that photos showing bare baby bottoms could have been the problem. Then, she saw ads approved by Facebook for baby products that have the exact same images she shows on her site. She's tried repeatedly to reach out to Facebook, but she's only gotten 'radio silence.'

The 4th Trimester Bodies Project is an ongoing photodoc created by photographer and mother Ashlee Wells Jackson. This project is dedicated to embracing the beauty inherent in the changes brought to our bodies by motherhood, childbirth and breastfeeding.

'When I'm blocked on Facebook, I'm blocked on all my pages,' Jackson explains. 'It's put a work stoppage and had a really big ripple effect on business and my life.'

What do you think? Share your feelings in the comments.

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teffersmom January 15 2014 at 11:58 AM

I dont care to see breast feeding moms... which is why I don't go on those pages. But I also dont like having to deal with friends who want to post those pics. I see nothing wrong with doing this but I dont want to share the experience. Sorry.

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sharkington1 January 15 2014 at 1:42 PM

I closed my facebook acct. 2 yrs ago because I could care less where your having dinner or how much more comfortable you are this winter with your new fur covered toilet seat cover!

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jsanto7134 sharkington1 January 15 2014 at 1:57 PM

Wow, how sad. I've helped cheer my 7th grade teacher through cancer, found a best friend that I had when I was five, and introduced people who developed friendships.

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sharkington1 jsanto7134 January 15 2014 at 3:11 PM

WOW, how special. Let us all join hands now and sing cumbayah.....

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nogopea January 15 2014 at 11:14 AM

Complaining about being spied on.Yet having no problem having face book control what you say and what you can look at.ANOTHER reason not to use that site.

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Arnie Neiss January 15 2014 at 1:41 PM

What exactly is the real problem here? Anyone who recalls the actual origins of Facebook would say that Mark Z and his staff have sold out to Wall Street. That's ok, when Facebook gets too prim and proper for the younger generation...like now, some 15 year old whiz kid will ascend the throne with the latest social media brainstorm sporting an edgy name like "...Smackchat (TM)..." and that will have a good run for a few years until Yahoo or Wall Street ponies up $5 billion....and the cycle repeats....

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ssewingsinger January 15 2014 at 1:52 PM

I agree totally with Facebook....good for you

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glennchaika January 16 2014 at 4:52 AM

Hate FB! Always have. What a pathetic use of time to have to tell the world what you ate for breakfast this morning! Are people that lonely!? That bored!? Seems like most out there don't like privacy! Then they complain when things happen! Well.....Duh!!!!!

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kilmoon January 15 2014 at 9:12 PM

They allow all sorts of foul language on facebook, but won't allow this!!

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chrissf4529 January 15 2014 at 1:56 PM

Just playing "devils advocate", all of the children in the pictures appear to be naked. Any other websight with naked children would probably be considered child porn.It appears they must have a standard to apply. As far as her using facebook to launch her business. Web pages are cheap to start.

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pvevans01191980 chrissf4529 January 15 2014 at 2:42 PM

They may be naked but they are covered. It’s not like their legs are spread open for all to see. They are being held and their "private" areas blocked from view. Bottoms are not considered "porn" it's the front that can't be shown.

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cali girl January 15 2014 at 4:39 PM

Wow it's not that serious? I see people posting pics of half naked men/women, sex scenes, dead bodies etc and you take down a picture of a woman post-birth body and baby pictures. So I'm guessing Facebook will also stop with the Ads they force me to see or suggesting people that have no friends in common with me...

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mie2cents cali girl January 15 2014 at 4:50 PM

Exactly! I agree!

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rvheaney January 15 2014 at 1:33 PM

If you don't like what Facebook is doing too you post your photos in another place !

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mike rvheaney January 15 2014 at 1:49 PM

if you don't like free dome go live in rusha

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abjtaj1 mike January 15 2014 at 1:53 PM

Facebook has the right to manage their business forum. FB is not a citizens right, it is a
Social Media forum that give many a "free" platform for business launches. It is not a
"Right" it is a Social Option.

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