Facing increasing pressure from feminists and breastfeeding advocates, Facebook has loosened its policies on photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies. The unexpected change means the wide-ranging #FreeTheNipple online movement won its latest battle in the war against eliminating stigma on mothers who breastfeed their children in public and reduce female censorship in media.
Although Facebook has never explicitly banned pictures of breastfeeding women from being posted in the news feed, the social network has always been known for removing photos of mothers breastfeeding their babies and patients who have undergone mastectomy, citing "nudity and pornography" as reasons for removing the photos, even if they were not sexual in nature.
A success campaign
But Facebook seems to have had a change of heart, saying that it has "always allowed breastfeeding photos" and it knows that breastfeeding is a "natural and beautiful" experience that mothers would like to share with the world.
The new policy does not mean all photos exposing the nipples will not be reviewed. As Facebook's updated community guidelines page shows, moderators will still be reviewing photos submitted for removal by users who think a certain photo should be posted on Facebook, which means Facebook will still remove overtly sexual photos if users complain about them.
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