A Tennessee mom is speaking out against Facebook after the social networking site removed photos of her newborn son, who was born with a birth defect.
Grayson James Walker was born on February 15, 2012. He was born with Anencephaly, a rare birth defect whereby a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. The baby lived for just eight hours.
Heather Walker posted pictures to Facebook 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-upload Grayon’s pictures as a form of protest, and she’s on a 24-hour ban.
Facebook does have rules about photos and content people may find offensive, including bullying, hate speech, graphic violence, nudity, etc.
Walker maintains that her photos of her newborn son don’t fall into any of those categories.
“I see all kinds of stuff, women’s body parts, almost nudity, which is one of their standards, people cursing each other out, just profanity,” said Walker.
Amazed at the amount of support she’s received from all over the country, Walker says the photo is raising awareness.
“Just in two days, all these people have messaged me telling me how much God has used Grayson’s life to touch them and to work in their hearts and to make them appreciate the children they have, that they have healthy children,” she explained.
Not all the feedback has been positive, though, and Walker says those people can friend her on Facebook at their own discretion.
“If you’re my friend and you want to see the picture then look at it, but if you don’t, just like any TV show or anything else you watch, if you don’t want to see it you don’t have to,” said Walker. “But I want to share this with people just like any other person wants to share their baby or their child.”
You can see the photos Facebook deleted here and see more in the video below.
- Posting Pictures of Her Terminally Ill Son Got Grieving Mother Banned from Facebook [Facebook] (gizmodo.com)
- Mother’s fury after Facebook removes pictures of baby son who lived for just eight hours after being born with rare birth defect (dailymail.co.uk)
- Remember Baby Grayson Walker: Mom’s Facebook account banned over “offensive” pics of anencephalic son; supporters spread word on Twitter (twitchy.com)
- Facebook Bans Mother For Posting Photos Of Terminally Ill Son (huffingtonpost.com)