Un grand pas pour l'humanité ;-) Bravo!

Well, looky looky what message I found in my Gmail inbox this morning, from a faceless Facebook administrator :

Hi Emma,

Your account was disabled because several photos on your account were removed by our system. After looking into your situation, we have reactivated your account.

Facebook, like all other sites that host user-generated content, has policies that prohibit certain kinds of material.  We take no action on the vast majority of breastfeeding photos because they follow the site's Terms of Use. Photos containing a fully exposed breast (as defined by showing the nipple or areola) do violate those Terms and may be removed.  These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children who use the site.

We apologize for any inconvenience or frustration that these policies cause but hope you also understand the motivation behind them.


Thanks for contacting Facebook,

Madison
User Operations
Facebook



-----Original Message to Facebook-----
From: Kwasnica Emma (emma.kwasnica@gmail.com)
To: appeals+dwy55wy@facebook.com (appeals+dwy55wy@facebook.com)
Subject: WHY has my Facebook account been disabled ?

Please tell my why you have disabled my account, and reinstate it as soon as
possible.

I am an aspiring midwife.  I relied on Facebook for my studies, my research
and my career.  You have disabled/deleted my entire account, all my
research, all my posts, everything I ever wrote on Facebook is now GONE.

Please, this is my last effort at trying to contact you.  I deserve an
answer.

-Emma Kwasnica

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And here is my response from today, back to the faceless 'Madison', here :

Madison, hello.

You may have reactivated my account, but no one can access me, or find me (via my name, "Emma Kwasnica"). Today, I hear from friends trying to "find" me, who do a search for my name on Facebook, and NOTHING comes up (except my group, "INFORMED CHOICE").

Please remedy this sitaution, and reinstate me/my account *completely*, and this, as soon as possible.

As for me understanding the motivation behind your deleting my account due to breastfeeding photos, I do not.  Nor do I accept or understand your current policy against the posting of breastfeeding photos. All people --and all children-- who leave their house, on any given day, risk seeing a woman nursing in public.  Heck, they may even catch a glimpse of areola and/or nipple in the process ! 

Sadly, your actions in deleting breastfeeding photos and disabling users who posted breastfeeding photos is an act of blatant discrimination, at the highest level; Facebook does not get to play by their own set of rules when it comes to discrimination which is punishable BY LAW, simply because you are a "private company".  A woman has a legal right to breastfeed her baby in public anywhere which she has a legal right to be; breastfeeding in public is protected by LAW all across Canada, and in 48 of the 50 US states, including both the state of California AND Delaware, where Facebook is registered.  Anyone who harasses her, asks her to cover up, or asks her to leave is breaking the law.

Facebook is no different.  What a sad statement about your organisation, that your recent actions are so blatantly discriminatory.

I trust you will act promptly, at the very least in FULLY reinstating my account, but also in CHANGING your discriminatory, unfair and prejudiced policy regarding the posting of breastfeeding photos.

Sincerely,
-Emma Kwasnica

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Furthermore, it would seem that ALL of my posts and links and photos (aside from the breastfeeding ones dubbed 'obscene', and which they deleted) have come back from the depths of Facebook oblivion ! YAY !

Happy day...

Thank you all, again and again, for all of your support over the past few weeks; it has been invaluable to me.

All my love,
-Emma
xx