Facebook Blocks Account Over Special Olympics Photos
(Updated: April 26, 2012 at 11:19 AM CT)
A North Carolina mom says Facebook suspended her account after she uploaded photos of her son with Down syndrome participating in a Special Olympics event.
Diana Cornwell posted an album with 40 photos of her son, Cole, 7, participating in a Special Olympics event last Friday. By the time she checked Facebook again on Sunday she says the photos had been flagged.
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“Never upload any photos that contain hate speech, support for violent organizations or threats to harm others,” read the message that popped up on Cornwell’s screen.
The Charlotte-area mom was asked to remove the photos and her Facebook account was blocked for three days.
Cornwell says she’s astounded by the situation given that the photos showed kids having fun.
“There were a lot of special needs kids having a blast, playing games and receiving commendations for what they accomplished that day,” Cornwell told WCNC, the Charlotte, N.C. NBC affiliate. To read more click here.
Facebook has since issued a statement to ABC News indicating that Cornwell’s account has been reactivated.
“The photo was was taken down in error. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and we hope she’ll repost the photo and continue to share her son’s experience at the Special Olympics on Facebook,” the statement said.
No further explanation from the social network was provided.