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Facebook bans breast-feeding photos

Dec. 21, 2008 at 2:48 PM

NEW YORK, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- More than 58,000 people reportedly are protesting Facebook's decision to remove images of women breastfeeding from the social networking site.

"Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" said the protesters' site asking supporters to "cyberprotest" by changing their profile picture to an image of breast-feeding, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

"We need to take our bodies back," said mother and protester Stephanie Muir. "Whether there's a nipple exposed or not, female breasts, specifically in the context of breast-feeding, should not be considered obscene."

Facebook spokesman Barry Schnitt said the site removes photos only when the entire breast is shown.

"These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children who use the site," said Barry Schnitt.

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