10/01/2012 13:21 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 10:12 BST

Facebook Brands Photos Of Little Girls 'Breastfeeding' Dolls Obscene Content

Facebook brands photos of little girls 'breastfeeding' dolls obscene content Express Yourself Mums

Facebook removed pictures from a breastfeeding group's page after mums posted images of little girls pretending to nurse their dolls.

Sharon Blackstone posted a photo of her seven-year-old daughter Maya acting out breastfeeding her doll on the Express Yourself Mums page - but found its group was then removed from Facebook a day later for "policy violation".

Sharon, from North London, told the Guardian:

"After giving her doll a naming ceremony, Maya told me that her baby needed to be fed. As she's only ever seen me breastfeed her little sister, it was the most natural thing in the world for her to pretend to do it the same way.

"Like many mums, I got out my phone and took a picture because I thought it was a sweet moment. I shared it with the 600 other mothers on our Facebook page because I thought it was something they'd like to see. After all, don't millions of people post cute pictures of their kids on Facebook?"

Sharon says the pic then inspired her business partner Carly Silver to post a similar photo of her little girl, Izzy, seven, cradling her doll.

She says that around 15 mums posted positive comments about the pictures, saying they 'loved' them, with only one saying she thought they might be seen by 'questionable people.'

The removal of the page came under Facebook's 'policy violation', which indicates it was branded a nude or obscene image.

Over 400 woman contacted Facebook and campaigned to have the group re-instated. Facebook has now apologised for the 'error' and put the page back up.

Sharon says that she cannot understand how "little girls playing with dolls" can cause offence, saying: "There wouldn't have been the same problem if she had been pushing a pram or, ironically enough, feeding her doll with a plastic bottle."

Facebook has pulled breastfeeding shots in the past after they fell foul of their 'obscene content' filter. A spokesperson for the organisation said: "The group was removed in error. It will be reinstated, and we apologise for any inconvenience caused."

What do you think?
Are the pics totally innocent and sweet? Or do you think they shouldn't be put up?