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Facebook Repeatedly Censors Viral Father/Son Photo, Causes Uproar

A photo of a father cradling his sick son in the shower has taken the Internet by storm despite, or perhaps because of, repeated takedowns by social media giant Facebook.

The image was captured by photographer Heather Whitten back in November of 2014, and shows her husband cradling their then-one-year-old son Fox who was suffering from salmonella poisoning at the time.

“Thomas had spent hours in the shower with him, trying to keep his fever down and letting the vomit and diarrhea rinse off of them both as it came,” she wrote in a Facebook post that has, yet again, been taken down. “As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me. I stepped out and grabbed my camera and came back to snap a few images of it and, of course shared them.”

Fox was later taken to the hospital and made a full recovery; however, the photo has never managed to stay up on social media. According to The Sun, the most recent posting on May 3rd had received over 31,000 shares and 129,000 reactions before it was taken down yet again.

Some reactions were exceedingly positive. “This is what parents do for their babies!” one commenter wrote. “This is beautiful the amount of love that is given to little ones and the sacrifices mothers and fathers make.”

But not all the commenters felt this way. As Whitten explained in the now-removed post:

I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn’t even look past the nudity to find the story. They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn’t be shared publicly. But, I disagree.

There is nothing sexual or exploitative about this image. There aren’t even any ‘private parts’ showing.

The reactions, both positive and negative, are now gone yet again. But should they be? Should Facebook have taken down this image multiple times? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

(via Bokeh)


Image credits: Photograph by Heather Whitten and used with permission.

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