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#FreeTheNipple: Facebook Changes Guidelines For Breastfeeding Pics

Facebook has changed its policy on images of breastfeeding mums, after the #FreeTheNipple Twitter campaign gained support around the world.

Breasts (or should we say naked breasts) have hit the headlines recently after a wave of criticism of photos being taken down by social media giants Instagram and Facebook, due to the content being deemed ‘obscene content’ and unsuitable for public viewing.
No one has been hit harder by this than breastfeeding mums, who have found themselves shamed by nourishing their babies in public, both on and offline.
The backlash of this move has been so fervent, that the hashtag #FreeTheNipple started trending, attacking social media companies for their guidelines which deemed images of naked nipples as pornographic content.
In a positive move, the photo sharing site has taken note and changed its guidelines for breastfeeding mums, which can now be seen in the Help section.
A statement on Facebook read: ‘Yes. We agree that breastfeeding is natural and beautiful and we're glad to know that it's important for mothers to share their experiences with others on Facebook. The vast majority of these photos are compliant with our policies.’
Facebook added that the banned photos were exclusively brought to their attention by other Facebook members who complained about the photos appearing on the site.
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