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Facebook Apologizes For Removing Photo Of Deceased Baby

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Facebook has made an about face, and apologized for their reactionary boo-boo.

We posted an earlier piece which told of Heather Walker's plight after she posted pictures of her deformed, deceased baby on her Facebook profile.

Her son, Grayson, lived for only a few hours after he was delivered. He had Anencephaly, which is the absence of a large part of the brain and the skull.

Walker decided to deliver her baby and allow him to experience his short life.

After she posted heart wrenching pictures of her holding Grayson, her profile was shut down.

The Facebook move blew up in their FACE and an outraged public demanded they allow the grieving mother to share her memories of the short lived child.

Facebook issued an apology a short time later.

Here's what Facebook's apology said:

“Upon investigation, we concluded the photo does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error. Facebook is a place where almost a billion people share more than 300 million photos a day. Our dedicated User Operations Team reviews millions of pieces of this content a day to help keep Facebook safe for all ages. Our policies are enforced by a team of reviewers in several offices across the globe. This team looks at hundreds of thousands of reports every week, and as you might expect, occasionally, we make a mistake and remove a piece of content we shouldn’t have. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience."

Check out Jessica Walker's blog here, and experience her emotional journey for yourself.

We're just glad her story will now be able to reach a wider range of people, and touch their heart as it did ours.

[Image via Facebook.]

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Facebook Bans Photos Of Deformed Deceased Baby

Filed under: Baby BlabberInspirationSad SadFamily


Facebook has been in the news, lately.

It's back in the spotlight again, but this time it's for all the wrong reasons!

The social media conglomerate banned pictures of Heather Walker's deceased infant son, Grayson, who was born with Anencephaly - a rare brain disorder which prevents the brain from fully developing.

Although the mother and father knew early on that their baby would not survive, they decided to give birth to him anyway even though they knew he'd only live for a short time.

Her story gained legs from a blog she kept on her family's experience, and professional photographers were sent in to the mother's hospital room to shoot pictures of her holding her deceased baby.

After Walker uploaded pictures of the emotional day on her Facebook profile to her friends and family she soon realized that Facebook wasn't interested in her sharing this emotional story and BANNED Walker's pictures and blocked her from the social media website for 24 hours.

Here's what Walker said:

"Facebook deleted them because of the 'content', 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 executed a useful loophole on Facebook by posting the photos of Grayson on a newly created fan page, and after twenty four hours the pictures were back up on her profile which only her friends were able to see.

Afterwards, Walked posted on her blog an emotional written piece on her experience. She said:

"As I was watching Private Practice last night, I was taken back to that day for a moment. Amelia, one of the doctors, had a baby with anencephaly. As she voiced what she was feeling that day, I too can relate. I remember lying in the hospital bed wondering if he was going to be alive or how long he was going to live. I wondered what he was going to look like.  So many thoughts rushed through my brain that Wednesday morning. Of course he was perfect and fought for 8 hours. He was so beautiful and sweet."

This is an incredibly emotional and sad story, but we're so happy that Walker was finally able to show the world the photos of her love on Facebook.

We think it was a necessary step for her to overcome her great loss and subsequent grief.

All our regards to the Walker family.

[Image via Jessica Walker.]

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