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Photographer Banned From Facebook After Posting Beautiful Photo of Black Woman After Giving Birth

Avatar • May 24, 2016

Yesterday, photographer Michelle Lynn Hampton was banned from Facebook for 24 hours after posting this photo of a black woman sharing a tender moment with her newborn baby and toddler son. The photo was taken a few hours after the woman had given birth.

Photo: HamptonRoadsBirthPhotographer.com

Photo: HamptonRoadsBirthPhotographer.com


Michelle Lynn Hampton is a photographer based in Hampton Roads Virginia who specializes in birth photography. She captures beautiful candid moments between mothers, babies and families. Most would consider her work to be authentic and breathtaking, but Facebook believes that her work violates their guidelines.
Hampton took to her personal blog to vent about her frustration in regard to being banned and she made several valid points.

This moment between her two sons was labeled as excess skin or pornography. Facebook says in their guidelines that nudity is against Facebook standards and that if there are private areas showing that the image will be deleted and you can be banned from Facebook. What I am having trouble with here is the amount of skin that is showing is less than when someone takes a picture in a bikini. This is just not a image to show off a mom who is laying naked in her bed after birth. This is to show the tender moments right after her labor when her oldest son gets to meet his new little brother. This image says so many words that are more gentle and profound than half of the videos going viral on Facebook.”

Hampton then refers to the countless videos that go viral everyday — kids fighting, racists jokes and memes that are never deleted or banned. Unfortunately, Hampton is not alone in this situation. Many photographers get banned from Facebook for the “nudity” in birth photos, which Facebook categorizes as sexually explicit.

I just want everyone to see that birth is normal. It is not something that is pornography or explicit content. We need to open our eyes to the beauty that this world has in it. Birth being one of the most beautiful things because we all had to be born to be here.

What are your thoughts?

 

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Kgomotso Mokoena
Kgomotso Mokoena
4 years ago

A friend of mine was recently completely banned for speaking openly about white supremacy. Facebook is racist.

Claudette UK
Claudette UK
4 years ago

The photo is beautiful. Makes me wish I’d taken one like this with my children when my youngest was born.

Shannon
Shannon
4 years ago

Was it Facebook or some ignorant person? I know I have reported foolishness before, and maybe it just gives the 24 hr pause until a human can verify the validity of the claim. That or Zuckerberg needs to reevaluate whatever surface area algorythm there is for nudity. I almost refuse to let go of facebook, since I feel like I was a part of its golden era; but there’s not enough filters for all the ignorance in this world. Is there an alternate social media with a zero tolerance policy for ratchetness/negativity; like the antithesis of world star; you know,… Read more »

Reina Benoir
Reina Benoir
4 years ago

There is something really wrong with Facebook. I don’t understand why this image was banned yet you can have all kinds of racist drivel including groups that call for the death of people up and Facebook will do not a damn thing about it.

Birdy
Birdy
4 years ago

Facebook has become low quality as far as almost World Star HipHop.

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