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Facebook Removing Amputee Photos

Claim:   Facebook is removing photographs of military amputees from their network, deeming them "offensive."


Examples:   [Collected via Facebook, August 2013]

Facebook is removing Veteran Amputees photos' and calling them offensive and against the Community Standards of Facebook. Please like and share.


Origins:   Since at least August 2013 a message has been circulated via Facebook claiming the social networking site was removing posted photographs of military veterans who had lost limbs due to amputation or injury, reportedly because Facebook has deemed such images to be "offensive" and a violation of the company's community standards.

However, there is absolutely no basis for asserting that Facebook has taken such an action or implemented such a policy.
No published Facebook guidelines make reference (directly or indirectly) to this class of photograph being unacceptable, and many images featuring amputees and other persons with missing limbs (including both military personnel and civilians) have long been plainly viewable on that social networking site.

Moreover, the content of this message belies its claim, as the message has been posted and shared on Facebook countless times despite its inclusion of a supposedly-banned photograph of a military amputee. (The accompanying image is a picture of Casey Owens, a U.S. Marine whose legs were amputated after he was injured by shrapnel from an anti-tank mine while he was taking part in a rescue mission in Iraq in September 2004. This particular photo was taken while Owens was attending the inauguration of President George W. Bush in January 2005.)

Last updated:   15 October 2013

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