Facebook Apologizes to Mother for Photo Removal

The social networking site Facebook has reportedly apologized to a Tennessee mother who had allegedly been banned from the site after she posted photos of her infant son, who died from severe birth defect.  Memphis’ ABC News station reports:

Heather Walker’s son, Grayson James, died just eight hours after his birth. She posted the pictures to help with the grieving process. But then, “I couldn’t post anything on my page, I couldn’t like anything, I couldn’t share anything,” she said.

Then came this: “Dear Mrs. Walker, We do apologize for the removal of this content and the subsequent warning,” Walker read.

It’s not everyday a billion dollar company makes amends for its transgressions. But that’s exactly what Facebook did after deleting controversial pictures of a dying newborn baby and censoring his mother’s account.


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  1. by Kelly Vann

    On May 22, 2012 at 2:14 pm

    I think it is rediculous for Facebook to even step in and remove photo’s of this child. There are so many pics of half nude if not completely nude girls on facebook but I don’t see them getting taken down. This mother has a right to grieve however she wants to even if that means posting pictures of her son. I think she should be givin a apology and have her block removed.

  2. by Olivia

    On May 22, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    That is totally wrong to turn someone in for posting pictures of their baby! They did not post nude pictures or pictures of a child beaten then I see no harm in this. Yet I turned someone in for profanity language photos and that persons profile never got anything done to!

  3. by Jennifer

    On May 22, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    So sorry for your loss as a mother of 3 my heart goes out to you

  4. by Keya

    On June 12, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What I don’t understand is why it is deemed controversial for the mother to post a picture of her child. Or am I just reading the last sentence of this article wrong?
    I’m happy that Facebook apologized but they should have never gotten involved. Was there a misunderstanding about the pictures? Did they think the pictures were about a child being abused? Did they send a warning to her stating that they would put her posting on hold while they investigated the situation? Did they even ask her the reason for the postings?

  5. by Collene Burce

    On August 10, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    When is the Facebook timeline becoming mandatory for all users?