Friday, January 7, 2011

Facebook Apologizes to Iowa Birth Photographer

This is interesting. FB only takes action when the media gets involved. Laura captures birth story in photographs & those photos can be a bit too much for many. You know it’s not for everyone & it’s not fun stuff. You may have the urge to vomit even if you don’t have any problem with it. Parents may see the beauty of it, however.

Anyhow, I don’t think people have the right to approve or disapprove of it. No one forces you to watch these photos. You do that at your own will. But unfortunately, we still live in the Dark ages & FB disables accounts & pages whenever nudity comes in the picture, but so many fake ids are there & no action is taken against them. Only real people are bothered, cause they have a passion for something & closed minds have issues by what they are doing.

Laura Eckert said “she was shocked when the social media company told her last month it had removed inappropriate photos from her page.”

She sent several emails to FB & all of them were ignored till the media got involved. She sent some 30 emails & FB didn’t bother to respond to even one mail, but we all know that the involvement of media can generate a response very easily.

"It's funny it happened after the media got involved. I sent many polite e-mails asking for information over the course of the last few weeks and got no response. None," Eckert said.

FB has apologized Eckert for disabling her account.

Facebook spokesman Simon Axten said that while they review content on a daily basis, occasionally a mistake is made." Of course, we make an occasional mistake. This is an example," he said in an e-mail. "When this happens, and it's brought to our attention, we work quickly to resolve the issue."

According to MSNBC, Eckert believes the photos in question “were pictures she took of her friend, Leslie Kung, after Kung gave birth in her bathtub in May. The pictures show the mother and baby embracing for the first time, and parts of Kung's breasts can be seen, but not her nipples.”

In May when Laura posted these photos, she received warning from Facebook that the pictures were inappropriate because they contained nudity. Eckert cropped the images “to make sure they did not contain nipples or genitalia so they complied with Facebook policies.” She even removed some. Months passed and she never heard another word about it until December when her personal profile and business pages were disabled.

However, Eckert said she’s still a bit cloudy on what photos Facebook will and will not allow. "I need a little bit of clarity on what is a violation and what's not. I'm going to shoot another birth in a week or two and I'm going to want to share those photos," she said. "I see the miraculousness of it. Maybe that clouds my judgment a little bit."

Here’s a slideshow of some of her work & please bear in mind that it’s not for everyone:

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