Via TechCrunch, Facebook has been taking down breast feeding pictures and even banning some users with breast feeding photos because of "obscene content". Apparently, any kind of boob showing is "obscene" regardless of context. Lactivists were questioning the removals especially when no nipple was seen.
Facebook spokeswoman Meredith Chin said Facebook does not prevent lactivists from uploading photos of themselves breastfeeding, but went on to say “Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed”. Really, what is the difference between a breast covered by a suckling child and a tiny weeny bikini top which most often shows way more boob hanging out the edges than the breast feeding mothers?
Via Feministing, mother Brooke Ryan was breast feeding at an Applebee's when the manager asked her to cover herself up with a blanket as if breast feeding was going to stop patrons from enjoying their Crispy Fiesta Wrappers and Southwest Cobb Salads. According to officials, this request from the Applebee's manager was in violation of a 2006 state law which prohibits any interference with a woman breast-feeding in public. When news of mama Ryan hit the internet, women in 30 different states organized simultaneous demonstrations at about 60 different Applebees. Talk about power of the people.