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Getting a mastectomy is a life- and body-changing event for breast cancer survivors. In today's always-online world, it's natural that survivors who have endured a mastectomy would like to share their “battle scars” with friends and family on social media.

Facebook is very clear that they do, in fact, allow post-mastectomy photos. Their Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

But in practice, many breast cancer survivors have experienced the shame and outrage of having posted a post-mastectomy photo only to have it flagged as inappropriate content.

Why does this happen?

Facebook allows users to flag images for offensive content, and the website's algorithm usually removes the image without considering context. Cancer survivors have to go through the hassle of disputing the automatic removal of their image, despite the fact that Facebook's Terms of Service is very clear that post-mastectomy images are allowed on the site.

Facebook needs to stop its blanket approach to banning images. They need to have real people decide what images should and should not be banned. Breast cancer survivors should not have to fight to post what Facebook has already said is allowed on their website!

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Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

It has come to my attention that many breast cancer survivors are feeling persecuted and silenced after they attempt to share post-mastectomy pictures on your website. Facebook's policy on this is clear. The Help Center states, "We agree that undergoing a mastectomy is a life-changing experience and that sharing photos can help raise awareness about breast cancer and support the men and women facing a diagnosis, undergoing treatment or living with the scars of cancer. The vast majority of these kinds of photos are compliant with our policies."

Breast cancer survivors, however, are often not having experiences that align with this stated policy. Too many survivors have shared post-mastectomy photos only to have the images be flagged and removed by Facebook's algorithm. To get their images back online, survivors have to go through a tedious customer support system. This is not something they should have to do. Furthermore, no survivor should have to go through the pain and anguish of having a banned image imply that their body is somehow inadequate or unacceptable. Cancer is hard enough. Post-mastectomy pictures are a way for survivors to bring awareness to the disease, and also bring to light the strength and indomitable spirit needed to endure it.

Mr. Zuckerberg, please spearhead a revision of Facebook's system for banning images. Flagged images should have a human making judgement calls before they are removed from the site. Doing so would save many breast cancer survivors countless hours of stress and shame that Facebook agrees they should not have experienced in the first place.

Thank you for your help,

Petition Signatures


Nov 21, 2017 Julie Metcalfe
Nov 20, 2017 joann watson i am a 2x breast cancer survivor and i shouldn't have to hide my scars cause others find them offensive!
Nov 20, 2017 Carol Joy Farrell Get a grip, please--it's the human body. Thank you.
Nov 20, 2017 Annmarie Adamus I am a survivor and choose to forgo reconstruction, my scars are beautiful! Women should be able to see what the scars look like if they chose this route in treatment!
Nov 20, 2017 Kim Meloy
Nov 20, 2017 Rosa García
Nov 20, 2017 (Name not displayed) Fuc🎗 Cancer!
Nov 20, 2017 Merri Decker Facebook has no right to censor mastectomy images. This is a very important thing that people have a right to share.
Nov 20, 2017 Jessica Patterson
Nov 20, 2017 Lorraine Sugrue
Nov 19, 2017 Jennifer Vanderwood Please allow us to express what Breast Cancer really is. It isn't a free pass for a boob job. This is real. I had bilateral mastectomy as well and at this time had no reconstruction.
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 17, 2017 Paul Statman
Nov 16, 2017 Grace Kristyna
Nov 14, 2017 Jodi Ford
Nov 13, 2017 susan munro
Nov 7, 2017 Jodi Abel
Nov 7, 2017 Kellie Smith
Nov 4, 2017 m k
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2017 H N Southerland
Nov 4, 2017 Marion Hulen
Nov 4, 2017 Janet White Please grow up !
Nov 4, 2017 Kathryn Moore Face Book may be nearing the end of its use by period; there are too many policies like this one that need to be updated and made to be less random and arbitrary. Stiop this right this minute and apologize to those you have treated badly.
Nov 4, 2017 Teresa Allen
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2017 Cathi Gil
Nov 4, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Nov 4, 2017 Josephine Polifroni Don't be so cheap Facebook! Hire people to check images. Don't make breast cancer survivors do the work of having their images restored.
Nov 4, 2017 Anna Peloso
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed) Get it right! Fix the algorithm. Don't put people through more trauma when your policy is to accept these images.
Nov 4, 2017 D de Kort Unacceptable. Needs immediate revision
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 4, 2017 John W. Rumery Jr
Nov 4, 2017 Fran Rudy
Nov 4, 2017 SUSAN-ROSE SLATKOFF Women who have had breast cancer need to be seen.
Nov 4, 2017 Diane Jensen
Nov 4, 2017 Jeanne Peters
Nov 4, 2017 Maxine Nelson
Nov 4, 2017 Gail Guerin
Nov 4, 2017 Sherrie Shown
Nov 4, 2017 N. .K. Secaur
Nov 4, 2017 Cassandra Johnson
Nov 4, 2017 Elizabeth Dodd
Nov 4, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D.
Nov 4, 2017 stefanie jonrowe do the right thing!
Nov 4, 2017 Francine Traniello
Nov 4, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Nov 4, 2017 George Hunter This should be allowed,women have survived this horror and want to live,it is their proof of kicking cancer and surviving
Nov 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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