A North Carolina father says Facebook rejected a picture of his 2-month-old son who is in need of heart transplant because his picture “is scary, gory, or sensational and evokes a negative response.”
Kevin Bond’s son Hudson was born July 18, and one week later his parents learned that he needs a new heart. While awaiting a transplant, the infant is currently being kept alive by an artificial heart at Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke Children’s Hospital.
The boy's father turned to Facebook to raise awareness and possibly funds for medical costs, but the $20 ad he placed was rejected.
Facebook told him: "Reason(s): Your ad wasn't approved because the image or video thumbnail is scary, gory, or sensational and evokes a negative response. Images including accidents, car crashes, dead and dismembered bodies, ghosts, zombies, ghouls, and vampires are not allowed.”
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“Before resubmitting your ad, please visit the Help Center to learn more and see examples of ads that meet our guidelines,” Facebook said. “If you’ve read the guidelines in the Help Center and think your ad follows the rules and should have been approved, please let us know."
“What is offensive about the attached picture of my son?” Bond asks, adding that “In Classic Facebook fashion the link they provided to appeal this decision doesn't work, and all efforts to contact them have failed.”
(via Kevin Bond)
“Facebook should be ashamed,” he added. “Of all the garbage they endlessly pedal over the Internet, a picture of my Son is where draw the line? Disgusting.”
Just today it was reported that Facebook refused to remove a video of kitten being doused in gasoline and set on fire.
“We reviewed the video you reported for containing graphic violence and found it doesn’t violate out Community Standards,” Facebook responded.
You can get more information about Hudson and updates on his health here: https://www.facebook.com/HudsonAzeraBond
Source: Information obtained directly from Kevin Bond