Facebook Shut my Page Down

There’s been a huge wave of photographers getting reported for “violating community standards” on Facebook. A lot of well known, extremely talented photographers have been getting hit, having their pages shut down and having to start new again. Well, today… I joined the ranks.

About a month ago, I woke up to this:

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Facebook claimed that it violated the community standards of “nudity and sexually explicit content.” I was upset and offended, especially because you can’t see anything inappropriate. No butt crack, no baby nipples (not that they’re inappropriate at all to begin with), no frontal exposure. For all you know, she’s got a little baby bikini on. But regardless, Facebook removed it without the option to appeal.

This morning, I woke up to 18 notifications on my phone, but I had to “access Facebook from a browser” to verify my account. I knew it was happening again. Sure enough:

Facebook Removes Image Unnecessarily

I don’t know what kind of sick person feels the need to report this innocent photo. Yes, my baby is in a diaper. Yes, you can see her baby nipples. Yes, it’s completely innocent. But whatever, apparently people have too much time on their hands. I would just blow this off, and ignore whoever is targeting me.  However, this time… it got worse.

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The problem? The “Appeal” link doesn’t actually work. It sends you to a form to fill out, and when you go to submit it, it claims it’s an “invalid form” and you need to use the link in your admin panel (pictured above). So I go back to the admin panel and try again. Same loop. I’m not sure if this is actually an error, or just Facebook’s way of “fixing” the problem. But either way, I’m pissed.

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Now, I guess I could see how someone could be offended by the second photo… Not really, but if I push my imagination really hard, like imaginary unicorn riding fairies living in my kitchen hard, then I can see it. But after my next notification, I knew I was being targeted:

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She’s not naked, not even a little! Fully clothed, fully cute, and completely appropriate. Can’t tell? Let me blow that one up for you:

Toddler Girl

If this photo was even slightly inappropriate, I could see someone reporting it. But there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with this photo. In fact, I’m pretty in love with it. I know I’m being targeted with cyber bullying. There’s no other explanation. I share the photos that I do because I’m passionate about my life. My daughter is the subject of almost every one of my 365 project photos. I want to capture her life, her youth, her innocence. I want to share our experiences with friends, family, and fans around the world. It hurts my heart that people are trying to prevent me from doing so.

So, please bare with me the next few days as I try to either get my page back functioning, or start a new one. If you’re as upset about this as I am, please share this post. Have your friends share it too. I just want to make Facebook realize that they need to reevaluate their standards.

UPDATE: I was unable to get my old page back up and running, so I now have a shiny new page! Check it out here and feel free to share it with your friends. After just 12 hours, I’m already back to about 30% of my previous following. I’m so beyond thankful for everyone who has supported me through all of this. Thank you so much everyone!

God Bless ♥ Victoria

  • tasha - These pics are perfect and beautifulReplyCancel

  • Candace Perry - This is RIDICULOUS…how in the WORLD does Facebook not actually monitor the photos that people are submitting to see if there’s a reason to complain before taking them down?! SO sorry you had to start over. Hopefully, your cyber bully will curl up and disappear!!!ReplyCancel

  • Ryan Cecil - So sorry this happened to you! It’s probably someone jealous of your work! Boo!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Darling-Lang - I’m about ready to kick facebook to the curb! I can’t believe how ridiculous your whole situation is…there is absolutely nothing wrong with any of the photos that have been reported!ReplyCancel

  • Kris - How ridiculous of FB and whoever reported those photos. Your photos are gorgeous. Keep doing what your doing. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kris - ^^in fact, I went and liked your new page!!ReplyCancel

  • Eike Joyce - I really am so sorry that this happened to you! I think other (so called) photographers did this to you. I heard that people have different accounts and trying to shut down other businesses. I am so sorry, non of this pictures is inappropriate. They are all amazing, and I am sure someone just wanted to hurt you! You are amazing and you are doing a great job! Don’t give up! Love and HugsReplyCancel

  • Denise - Sorry your beautiful work is targeted like this, none of them are inappropriate, but that last one is just ridiculous! The other thing that infuriates me about this is that time is wasted looking into these innocent photos, which means that there is less time to look into true cases of horror- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/facebook/9118778/The-dark-side-of-Facebook.htmlReplyCancel

  • Sheryn - That is absolutely terrible! Your pictures are beautiful and none are offensive in any way. I constantly take photos of my kids as they grow up and share them with my family (who live overseas). Terrible that you are being harassed like this! And that Facebook thinks it can decide without trial or jury, what is and is not appropriate!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa M Pointer - As I Mom I am completely appalled that someone would report you for the beautiful pictures of your little one. I find none of the images inappropriate… this is clearly a bully targeting you. FB needs to get their heads out of their backsides and start looking at the REAL problem- those that are constantly reporting people.ReplyCancel

  • Update: Facebook Shut Me Down » Victoria Simmons Photography - […] Did you miss the first post about my page being shutdown? Check it out here. […]ReplyCancel

  • Facebook Etiquette for Photographers - […] Back in June of 2014, Victoria Simmons was one of the many photographers who have been targeted in this way. You can read her story here.  […]ReplyCancel

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