The story of an Oklahoma woman reportedly banned from Facebook for sharing pictures of her kids dressed in traditional Native American costume has caught our attention.
Read the story as reported by Tulsa, Oklahoma KJRH TV, review the pictures that got the mom banned and share your thoughts on whether Facebook got this one right or they went too far?
According to reports, a Sequoyah County mother banned from Facebook after she claims she posted pictures of her adopted children wearing their traditional Native American clothing.
Celebrating Her Children’s Heritage
Barbara Davis and her family spend lots of time on their 40 acres just outside Sallisaw where they raise buffalo.
“that’s something else that’s from their culture,” Davis said. “They were a source of food and clothing.”
Davis and her husband have adopted ten children, six currently at home. They’re all Native American. Three children are part of the Navajo tribe and the other three are Cherokee.
“It’s challenging sometimes, but they’re worth it,” Davis said. “The kids are definitely worth it.”
Last Saturday, the family took pictures of their children wearing their traditional Native American clothing.
“We were celebrating their heritage here, showing them how they dressed many years ago and the tools they used,” Davis said.
Davis says the purpose was to help her children understand their background after they were forced into foster care at a young age.
“They’ve faced so much adversity in their short lives and we’re proud of them and like to celebrate them,” Davis said.
Banned from Facebook
Like any proud mom, Davis posted the pictures to Facebook.
“They were reported as being a sexual nature involving minors,” Davis said. “Facebook deleted them so I reposted them because I knew what they weren’t and what they were. Then, I got banned.”
Davis made a new Facebook profile but the second one also got banned. The support system said the posts don’t “follow community standards” and they don’t allow “sexual material.”
“It does seem extreme,” Davis said. “Especially when you see women in bikini’s.”
But this mom isn’t backing down. She doesn’t want her children to forget where they came from.
“These are innocent children celebrating their culture and their heritage,” Davis said. “It just boggles me.”
Share Your Thoughts on FBtutorial:
- What are your thoughts on Facebook misconstruing the mom’s picture of her kids depicting sexual nature?
- Have you or someone you know been banned from Facebook for sharing a harmless picture?
- What do you think is the solution to wrongful banning on Facebook?
We think sometimes Facebook gets it right with its policing on the platform, but often many times they get it wrong, which is alarming!