Facebook is at it again, disabling the accounts of responsible users who post photos that Facebook deems inappropriate. While Playboy is able to maintain it's overtly sexual fanpage of nearly 4 million users, Facebook has taken down the account of Laura Steele Eckert, who is a birth and maternity photographer in the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area.
It's not just Eckert's personal profile that has been disabled. Gone also are her business page, New Creation Photography & Design with over 600 "likers", and a community interest page she founded called "Birth Photography". The abrupt disappearance left customers wondering what had happened. One customer, Leslie Kung, started the "Restore Laura Eckert's Account" page (http://www.facebook.com/restorelauraeckert )on Facebook, which now has over 1,100 fans.
In another example that illustrates Facebook's double standard, a popular support page for breastfeeding mothers, The Leaky B@@b, has also been disabled. A group supporting TLB (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bring-back-The-Leaky-Boob/185706648121870) has grown to nearly 8,000 likers since it was disabled just two days ago, all wondering why a positive breastfeeding support group can be banned from Facebook while clearly pornographic sites are allowed to remain. Hundreds of pages on Facebook have titles and descriptions that are too vulgar to be mentioned here.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says, "Facebook gives people the power to share and makes the world more open and connected." Really? Shutting down sites of maternity photographers and support groups helps to connect people? Zuckerberg is going to have a lot of explaining to do to breastfeeding supporters and other users who are sick of Facebook's discrimination and unsensible censoring.