Vicki Hobbs, a Perth birth educator, was banned from her account for two weeks after sharing five photos and a video of the birth on her page
A childbirth trainer was furiously left behind after her Facebook page was removed due to the graphic pictures of working women.
Vicki Hobbs works as a specialist in pregnancy, birth and postpartum in the northern suburbs of Perth.
She also runs her own Facebook page where she regularly shares educational blogs and images to illustrate childbirth processes.
But Mrs. Hobbs was banned from her account for two weeks after sharing five photos and a video of the birth on her page.
The images contain three photos of the award-winning Perth photographer Belle Verdiglione, who specializes in taking candid photos of women giving birth.
One powerful image that crowned a child even won a WA Epson Professional Photography Award.
But the photo was apparently too graphic for Facebook and was censored with a warning for sensitive content.
The images include three photos (photo) of award-winning Perth photographer Belle Verdiglione, who specializes in taking candid photos of women who give birth
The content is sometimes censored with a sensitive content warning (photo), but Mrs. Hobbs said her page was later deleted
Mrs. Hobbs was initially denied access to her page for 24 hours, but said she would be notified as soon as she regained access.
& # 39; But 24 hours later I was reported again, or the Facebook bots picked up the same images again. In fact, they just sent me an email stating that my Facebook page was not published & she said 9News.
Ms. Verdiglione said she had the same problem because she was temporarily banned in 2013 because of posting pictures of birth and breastfeeding on Facebook.
& # 39; I was a co-run of a repost birth called The Birth Femmes and was banned for 24 hours for posting a birth photo & # 39 ;, she told Daily Mail Australia.
& # 39; When Facebook prohibits a photo, it is normally deleted. The photo was not deleted, so Facebook forbade me again for the same photo – this time for three days. It's super frustrating. & # 39;
One powerful image on which a child was crowned (photo) even won a WA Epson Professional Photography Award
Mrs. Hobbs was initially denied access to her page for 24 hours, but said she would be notified as soon as she regained access
Facebook community standards state that it limits the display of nudity or sexual activity, but makes exceptions for & # 39; forms of protest, to raise awareness about a cause, or for educational or medical reasons. & # 39;
Mrs. Verdiglione said that she & # 39; lost count & # 39; was from the times she was banned on Facebook and Instagram.
& # 39; I usually stick to photos & # 39; s that fall within the community guidelines, so no visible nipple and no private parts. If it is an award-winning shot of a baby, I try to make sure that the image is educational (for example, a vaginal breech) and that no body parts are visible & she added.
Mrs. Hobbs's account was eventually restored on Thursday, but since then she has called on Facebook to stop censoring birth pictures.
& # 39; A great result for me with my Facebook page being published again this morning by Facebook. There is still work to be done for further changes to the Facebook platform so that natives and photographers can share birth images and have the ability to fade the images to offend those they don't want to see, & she said in a post .
Ms. Verdiglione also said she had the same problem because she was temporarily banned in 2013 for posting photos of birth and breastfeeding on Facebook
Ms. Hobbs has even launched a Change.org petition and told the publication that it is important that women have access to educational material about childbirth.
& # 39; There is a huge fear around birth, and the images that women see in movies and on TV all exacerbate that fear associated with childbirth and pain, & # 39; she said.
Ms. Verdiglione said she believes Facebook's technology accidentally censors the photos after detecting too much skin, but believes that the real problem is when they are reported by users.
& # 39; The problem is that birth photos & # 39; s are reported in private birth groups and then the user is banned & she said.
& # 39; The more people show support for birth photography as an art and for education, the awareness in all aspects of birth will increase. Birth pictures are important and just like me, the women and birth people in these pictures want to show a different side of birth than what is often portrayed in the media. & # 39;
In a statement to 9News, Facebook said: & # 39; In this case, our proactive detection tools have erroneously taken part of the birth content on the Vicki Hobbs page & # 39; identified as a violation and deleted, thereby turning off her page.
& # 39; We have restored the content and the page and we apologize for any inconvenience. We are proud that people like Vicki use Facebook to grow their business and bring communities together to share their experiences. & # 39;
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