Facebook is facing criticism from fans of birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie after her ‘Birth Becomes Her’ video that amassed over 100 million views over a period of seven months was removed from the social media platform. Also Read - Top 5 WhatsApp features expected to roll out soon
With no notice, Facebook has removed the video, Cosmopolitan reported. Reacting to the Facebook response, many users are sharing the video again. “Monet Nicole Moutrie was banned from Facebook again, this time for this video. Share far and wide!”, wrote one user. Also Read - WhatsApp could soon release Message Reactions, Reaction Notifications features soon
Making her dissatisfaction public, Moutrie said in blog post that the video was removed for violating community standards. “And I was effectively banned from Facebook because of it,” she said. As per its community standards, Facebook removes “photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.” Also Read - Using Instagram to connect with friends? Beware! Your chats may be at risk
It also restricts “some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but our intent is to allow images that are shared for medical or health purposes.” Moutrie said that there is nothing more antithetical to community than the restriction and censorship of birth, family and life.
“Facebook, we are far more than usernames and passwords. We are living and breathing human beings, with real bodies, that were ALL born from real women,” she said. “Facebook, LIFE should never be against your community standards,” she added.
The birth photographer pointed out that seeing and sharing real images of birth are important. “They bring life and light into dark corners and places. They offer people around the world the opportunity to learn about their bodies and the process of reproduction,” she said.
Instead of banning birth videos, Facebook, Moutrie suggested, should focus on removing from its platform depictions of women that make young girls feel inferior, ugly, or lost. Moutrie requested Facebook to put the video back up, adding that she is “scared but hopeful.”