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Posted: August 24, 2020
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Facebook Takes Down Woman’s Sonogram Video, Says It Violates Policy on “Nudity and Sexuality”


Facebook has taken down a video of a mother celebrating the heartbeat of her unborn child – twice. 





Jessica Piccillo posted the video of the sonogram being taken with her one-year-old daughter next to her. The sound of the baby moving can be heard in the video, which Piccillo said was posted to share a “beautiful moment.” Piccillo recounts the grief and frustration she felt by the unmerited censoring:





“My first reaction was really sad because this beautiful moment that I wanted to share with friends and family was taken away, and then I was confused and frustrated. What about my post was violating any rules? And then, with all the inappropriate posts I’ve seen on Facebook, why would those not violate facebooks rules on nudity or sexuality??”





The video, taken by Piccillo’s husband, Cody is shown below:









Piccillo surfaces a fair question as to why bikini pictures are acceptable on Facebook, while an expectant mother exposing her stomach during a sonogram is a violation of policy. Her Facebook post challenges Facebook’s doctrine in selecting what is acceptable and what is not:





“I am so angry, frustrated, and confused🤯! I was just informed that the video containing the heartbeat of my baby was banned by Facebook because it was seen as breaking the “community guidelines”. Tell me where my pregnant belly breaks any of these guidelines, yet young girls can post beach pictures half naked in their bikinis???? Seriously Facebook? Why???”








I am so angry, frustrated, and confused🤯! I was just informed that the video containing the heartbeat of my baby was…

Posted by Jessica Piccillo on Thursday, August 20, 2020





The chances of this censorship being a mistake on Facebook’s part are very likely. But such mistakes happening to innocent patrons reveals the collateral damage of censorship. Hyper sensitive algorithms are triggered and users are robbed of cherished memories in the name of “protecting users” from offensive material. What’s worse is that the remedy is nowhere in sight.





“What made me the most frustrated was the inability to have any say in their decision to remove my posts. The only option they gave me was to press a button saying ‘I disagree.’ No option to appeal, no link to communicate with someone about how my post doesn’t violate any of their guidelines. So I tried to find it on my own and that still proved to be extremely difficult! I put my questions into the ‘community help board’ and never heard anything. Then I found another help page where I submitted my problem and still have not heard anything from anyone.”





Piccillo was fair in not jumping to conclusions about Facebook’s agenda. While there has been an obvious censorship of conservative content over the years, Piccillo’s post included no political, religious, or issue-based narrative.





“I don’t want to make any assumptions saying this is facebooks “agenda”, but I just want to ask why? Why if this was an algorithm problem do I still see pictures that are very inappropriate. And why if this was a simple mistake did it happen twice to the same video?” 





At this point Facebook has still not responded to Piccillo’s appeal to the post.






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