Facebook Bans Mother for Posting Photos of Baby with Birth Defects

A Tennessee mother has reportedly been banned from Facebook after she posted photos of her baby, who was born with rare neural tube birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.  WMC-TV, a Tennessee news station, reports on Grayson James Walker, who was born in February of this year and died just 8 hours after being born:

Heather Walker recently posted pictures of Grayson without his hat on.

“Not long after, Facebook deleted them because of the content” she said.  “They allow people to post almost nude pictures of themselves, profanity, and so many other things but I’m not allowed to share a picture of God’s beautiful creation.”

Walker and her Facebook friends decided to re-post baby Grayon’s photos in protest, and the mother is now on a 24-hour ban from the social networking website.

Click here for an update to this story: Facebook Apologizes to Mother for Photo Removal

Image: Facebook, via 1000 Words / Shutterstock.com

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  1. by Cindy

    On May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    She is not on a ban, she received an apology already and pictures have been up for days. Very disappointing that you didnt research that better.

  2. by JQ

    On May 22, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    FB “bans” what’s reported to them as “inappropriate” by users, its quite easy to report and if they get enough reports will ban the photo, person, or page that was doing the posting. And will put a block on a person’s page for continued postings and reportings…I know people that have had their pages blocked for 24 hours because people didn’t like their opinion about the President…so perhaps its more about “people” reporting than it is about “Facebook” actually seeking her and the photos out.

  3. by Mom of three

    On May 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    you know that someone had to have posted a complaint. I do when someone posts offensive pictures they get reported So one of her friends must have reported the pictures I really don’t see why that would be offensive some people are just unbelievable. I say pictures of her baby should be allowed to stay! but I also say report inappropriate pictures people post. the more people get reported the better it will be

  4. by Kristi

    On May 22, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Sadly, if her picture is set to private it is one of her friends that flagged the photo as inappropriate. That’s how facebook works. They can’t look at every picture posted but put thing on their site that allow other users to flag things. :(

  5. by RB

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Um, this is old news. Facebook emailed an apology and she accepted it.

  6. by Mother

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Thats rediculous! And I disagree with Cindy because why should they do any research? It shouldn’t have happen in the first place! No matter what is wrong with a child, the mother has the right to go whatever she wants with her babies pictures! That’s just wrong!!

  7. by Marly

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Because a good journalist always checks for accuracy and credibility. Duh!

  8. by ANDREA

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:25 pm

    I smell BS ON FACEBOOKS SIDE OF THE STORY…..never should have happened…I have a child that is handicapped is that wrong too.

  9. by Net

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    This family has been through a lot! I value the fact that she went against society when they encourage mothers to kill their children with this defect! While they only held him for 8 hours, they had so much love for him and people do not show respect by complaining about a picture that shows truth and love?!?! This is a defect that DOES occur and people really should be educated instead of FB blocking a wonderful picture! Yes, I have his wonderful picture!

  10. by Angel-lena

    On May 22, 2012 at 1:37 pm

    My thinking on this is that it may have been flagged because so many people post pics of kids in terrible conditions claiming, “so-in-so will give X amount of money to this family……” I heard of one little girl who had her pic stolen from hospital files (supposedly the only place pics were taken) and used in a post that was anti-child abuse related, when in fact the child had been attacked by a dog. Her family was, needless to say, furious that her image was used in such a way and accused them of abuse! In the current, or I guess not so current, case someone probably thought, “This isn’t her actual kid and she is posting this pic of some poor child whose family has enough to deal with, how dare her….” Which would indeed be a privacy issue. The sad thing is that she probably did have the pic made public in order to raise awareness, and it turned so ugly on her when she has already lost a child, what could hurt more?

  11. by Net

    On May 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Angel-Lena, I understand your comment but I do want to clarify to let you know. The picture that was pulled was not the mother’s full intention of awareness per say. The picture was part of the newborn pictures album. It had pictures of Grayson alone, with stuffed animals, with different family members…like anyone else would have for their newborn.

  12. by heidi

    On May 22, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Funny they have no problem taking down a ladies page for a birth defect photo but wont take down the I hate kids FB page. Seriously. Check it out and please ask for it to be banned

  13. by Joshua

    On May 22, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Down right wrong

  14. by Joyce

    On May 25, 2012 at 9:25 am

    I don’t want to see that type of content on Facebook, nor I want to see naked people.

  15. by Annie

    On May 27, 2012 at 3:22 pm

    Seriously, she got a 24-hour ban and then an apology. Where is the story here? As others have pointed out, unless she has no privacy settings whatsoever, it would have been one of her friends who reported the issue. As for the ‘I hate kids’ page, if you don’t want to read people’s obnoxious rants about kids, don’t. But stop with ALL the censorship. Don’t like it = don’t read it. But don’t tell the rest of us what we can and can’t read.

  16. by Christina

    On June 5, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    Whether this is “old news” or not, it was an issue. The Walker family is dear to my heart and I was with them through all of this. Just because someone reported it does not mean it needed to be censored. The “story” is that Facebook didn’t really research the picture before they allowed it to be removed and allowed Heather’s page to be temporarily disabled.

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