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Facebook Banned a Photo of the Miracle Baby Born Without a Nose
Baby Eli Thompson was born without a nose. His condition, complete congenital arhinia, affects 1 in 197 million babies. His mother, Brandi McGlathery, has been posting about him on Facebook, including his photos, since bringing him home from the hospital. However, when an anti-abortion group tried to promote a post about Eli with a photo of the baby to its Facebook page, Facebook rejected it.
The story, originally posted on Live Action News, received thousands of likes and more than 150 shares before the group received the below notification from Facebook when they paid to promote the post as an ad. When a page pays to promote a post, it receives guaranteed visibility to a targeted audience. The Facebook response to Live Action's ad read: "Your ad wasn't approved because the image or video thumbnail may shock or evoke a negative response from viewers."
Facebook ad guidelines state that images in ads "may not exploit political, sexual or other sensitive issues" or "use shock or scare tactics." The guidelines for posting photos that are not promoted are less specific: Facebook "may remove certain kinds of sensitive content or limit the audience that sees it."
McGlathery was appalled that Facebook didn't approve the ad. She posted on her Facebook feed of Eli updates: "Excuse my language, but I'll be ****** if Facebook keeps me from sharing my baby's story! It sickens me that I can see pictures of half naked women, drugs, & negativity, but my child is too 'controversial'. What has happened to humanity?" McGlathery has since removed her status in response to the ban.
The above post was shared more than 30,000 times, WKRG reported. It provoked enough complaints to Facebook that they removed the ban of the photo on Live Action News' Facebook post.
"I posted the status with a link about it saying, you know, no one's going to keep me from posting photos of my child," McGlathery told WKRG.
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