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Facebook faces backlash after censoring viral ‘Birth Becomes Her’ video designed to inspire new mums

FACEBOOK is facing angry backlash after removing a viral birth video. Birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie takes breath-taking photos of women giving birth and shared a now viral compilation vid…

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FACEBOOK is facing angry backlash after removing a viral birth video.

Birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie takes breath-taking photos of women giving birth and shared a now viral compilation video, featuring various new mums during labour, on Mother’s Day, last year.

 Birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie takes breath-taking photos of women in labourYouTube/Mamamia Birth photographer Monet Nicole Moutrie takes breath-taking photos of women in labour

The widely-shared “Birth Becomes Her” video  shows mums meeting their babies for the first time and quickly amassing over 100 million views.

But, seven months on, Facebook has removed the footage – and banned Monet’s account.

In a blog post, Monet explained that the video (which contains no explicit nudity) was removed for “violating community standards”.

She then shared Facebook’s community standards, in relation to nudity:

 The widely-shared 'Birth Becomes Her' video  shows mums meeting their babies for the first timeYouTube/Mamamia The widely-shared ‘Birth Becomes Her’ video  shows mums meeting their babies for the first time

“We remove photographs of people displaying genitals or focusing in on fully exposed buttocks.

“We also restrict some images of female breasts if they include the nipple, but our intent is to allow images that are shared for medical or health purposes.

“We also allow photos of women actively engaged in breastfeeding or showing breasts with post-mastectomy scarring.

“We also allow photographs of paintings, sculptures, and other art that depicts nude figures.

 Facebook have removed the viral videoYouTube/Mamamia Facebook have removed the viral video  Monet says that Facebook are banning 'life' by removing her filmYouTube/Mamamia Monet says that Facebook are banning ‘life’ by removing her film  Monet has implored Facebook to reinstate her accountYouTube/Mamamia Monet has implored Facebook to reinstate her account

“Restrictions on the display of sexual activity also apply to digitally created content unless the content is posted for educational, humorous, or satirical purposes.

“Explicit images of sexual intercourse are prohibited.

“Descriptions of sexual acts that go into vivid detail may also be removed.”

Disappointed, Monet insisted that her video does not violate these standards.

On a blog post on her website, she added: “I’m saddened and quite honestly scared that the important work we’re doing will be stifled and hidden behind false statements like ‘community’

“Because there is nothing more antithetical to community than the restriction and censorship of birth, family and life.

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