On Thursday, Facebook apologized for disabling the account of an Iowa photographer who posted photos of women moments after giving birth.
Laura Eckert said her photos showed her friend’s breasts, but she was careful to crop the nipples out so as to comply with Facebook’s “no-nudity” policy, which she had been warned about by the company in a previous email in May.
Even so, last month the social media site wrote her an email saying it had removed inappropriate pictures from her profile. When she tried to log on to find out which ones were being called nudity, her account was disabled.
Eckert owns a photography business called New Creation Photography & Design, which specializes in pictures of pregnant women and the moments after a birth.
According to MSNBC, she uses Facebook to communicate with clients and highlight her work. After she found her account no longer working, she said she wrote more than 30 emails to Facebook asking which photos were offensive and how she could get her profile back up and running, but didn’t get an answer. Then, the article said:
Her supporters had formed a group on Facebook to lobby for her reinstatement, saying the company was hypocritical for targeting photos they considered beautiful art while routinely allowing pictures of teenage girls dressed provocatively and others they consider obscene.
After she was interviewed by a local TV station, Ekert finally got an email from Facebook saying her account had been enabled and they were sorry any inconvinence caused.
Facebook spokesman Simon Axten told MSNBC in an email, “Of course, we make an occasional mistake. This is an example. When this happens, and it’s brought to our attention, we work quickly to resolve the issue.”
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