Facebook Revises Policy on Post-Masectomy Photos
In response to a controversial decision, Facebook has officially revised their policy on the posting of post-masectomy pictures, making it clear that they are allowed. Susan Barrington, currently battling stage-IV breast cancer, is the woman responsible for the important change.
Barrington started a petition in early June when Facebook took down pictures photographer David Jay had posted for his SCAR Project that features men and women in the after aftermath of masectomy surgery. She believes that:
“By removing the photos, Facebook is sending us a message that our struggle with this disease should be kept in the dark.”
With the help of Change.org, Barringtons petition had over 20,000 signatures by the end of the first week. It was at this point that Facebook contacted Change.org and in a conference call between Barrington, Jay, and 4 Facebook representatives, possible revisions to the policy were discussed.
Barrington was notified of the changes Tuesday by Facebook and is happy with the results:
“The policy that’s up there now is much better because it tells you that these images are supported within the context of breast cancer. Breast cancer is brutal, it’s life-changing,” she said.
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