Facebook Keeps Removing This Photo Of A Father And His Son

Facebook Keeps Removing This Photo Of A Father And His Son

Shower (1)Facebook is a familiar social media platform used for sharing photos and opinions by different people from different regions. However, a photo of a father with his son, is continuously being removed by Facebook.

Is the photo so controversial? Or is there something else to it? The photo shared on Facebook actuallyshows a small baby (son) in the hands of man (father) under the shower. They do not have any clothes on their body.

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What is the photo all about?

Facebook removes the photo as it thinks it violates the nudity norms set for the websites. However, the man and his wife have different opinions and keep adding the very popular photo again and again. This photo had been captured 2 years back.

Thomas (father) was trying to comfort his 11 months old baby in the shower as the baby boy was suffering from fever, diarrhoea and severe vomiting. This process was carried out for a few hours before taking him to the hospital.

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What’s the controversy?

entrar-no-facebookThomas in the picture has held the baby boy in the shower (for hours) and the picture according to his wife depicts his patience and love for his child. This photo was actually shared by his wife and photographer Whitten.

She felt that the photo had more to convey beyond nudity and other objectionable elements identified by Facebook or other smaller category of people on the social media platform.
Whitten strongly believes that people have the right to convey their emotions through pictures and words in the style which they like.

She says this photograph was a medium through which she was trying to indicate the immense concern, patience and courage of a man playing many roles like that of husband, father and a great human being.

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Popularity statistics

In spite of being removed reportedly by Facebook, the photo became quite popular across the social media platform. The photo received close to 31, 000 shares and nearly 1.30 lakh reactions.

Although, most of the reactions were positive, some were filled with criticism, which is quite common in a social media platform, considering the diverse people and their opinions. However, Whitten doesn’t seem offended and requests people to look beyond nudity and understand the feelings/concerns associated with it.

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Uncommon method of sharing on Facebook

showerThis method of sharing feelings or emotions across Facebook is quite uncommon. In the last two or three years, only two such incidents have been seen evidently on the social media platform. A photo of a mother and her small baby boy in the shower also became quite popular very recently.

Here, the mother holds her sick son in her arms and also describes the sad health condition of her child via a Facebook post.What makes this photograph special is the person who clicked it. Unlike a professional photographer in the first case, it was Bannister’s (mother) first son who actually clicked this photograph.

First son is just five-years old and hence, the photograph was quite special for the family, which was the primary reason, why they decided to share it on the social media platform.

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How popular was this pic?

images (2)Well, the recent photograph was not so popular than the previous one. It received close to 52,000 likes and more than 5,000 shares. It also received about 1,800 reactions, which had more praises and no criticism.

The picture has not been reported for nudity or any such controversial aspects. It is also not being removed again and again by Facebook, unlike the first instance.

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Comparison of the two instances

Learn To Massage Your Baby In The Right Way!The first photograph of father and son was slightly older to the mother and son picture uploaded recently. The nudity norms or photo sharing conditions then, might actually not be so relaxed as they are today.

However, still nudity being an issue that is not quite acceptable on the social media platform, several debates on freedom of expression and sharing have popped up in different countries.

The discussed two scenarios are similar, but may have differences in the way, they are perceived. Time is an important characteristic, as the society has changed considerably and acceptance to such pictures or supports to such expressions have grown in the recent times.

One cannot write off similar instances in the future and it will be interesting to see people’s and Facebook’s reaction then.

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What’s your opinion?

images (1)Whitten strongly emphasizes on the freedom to express in an uncensored way. She says different people belonging to different mind-sets find different modes to express their feelings across social media.

She feels the power to express or share is being supressed on the social media platform, as the photo wasn’t spamming anyone, neither was promoting something unhealthy.

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Well, this again seems to be a controversial, yet an interesting topic to debate on. Censorship is important, but freedom to express is also a fundamental right. Not quite sure, which is the right one. What is your opinion about this?

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