A Tennessee mother says she was banned for a day from Facebook after posting photos of her dying infant son who was born without parts of his brain and skull.
After Facebook deleted the photos of the infant, Grayson James Walker, the newborn’s mother reposted them, prompting the social-media giant to ban her from the site for 24 hours, the mother told KCTV 5.
"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," the mother, Heather Walker, of Millington, Tenn., told KCTV.
Facebook’s community standards state that the company can remove content that contains graphic violence, threats, self-harm, bullying and harassment, hate speech or nudity and pornography.
Facebook has not yet responded to a request for comment.
Sixteen weeks into the pregnancy, Walker and her husband Patrick discovered their child suffered from anecephaly, a rare but fatal neural tube birth defect.
When Grayson was born on Feb. 15, they knew he would only have precious few hours to live.
Indeed, he died when he was just eight hours old.
The couple sent a professional photographer to the hospital to document the birth so the family could honor the memory of their son, Gizmodo reported.
They posted several photos on Facebook - some with Grayson wearing a hat, and others exposing the baby's birth defect.
Responding to her troubles with Facebook, dozens of people have shared their support for Walker on the Benefit for Grayson James Walker Faceboek page. One commenter wrote that he hopes the family sues Facebook “for calling their son inappropriate."
Other commenters suggested the Walkers should have terminated the pregnancy when they learned of the child’s fatal condition.
"If you're my friend and you want to see the picture then look at it,” Walker told KCTV. “But if you don't, just like any TV show or anything else you watch, if you don't want to see it you don't have to.”