Facebook Tells Mom To Take Down Photos of Son at Special Olympics

Facebook mistakenly picks on child with Down Syndrome.

By Chris Roberts
|  Thursday, Apr 26, 2012  |  Updated 12:21 PM PDT
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FB Tells Mom To Take Down Pix of Son at Special Olympics

Facebook is in hot water with the Special Olympics after the tech giant banned a mother for posting pictures of her son competing in the event, according to reports.

Diana Cornwell of North Carolina posted photos of her son, who has Down Syndrome, to her Facebook page over the weekend. When she next logged on, she received messages from Facebook's monitoring team, saying that pictures she posted were violations of the Web site's user agreement, and that they must be deleted.

"Every photo was of my son at the Special Olympics Event," she told CBS.

Her account was disabled for three days until she took down the photos, according to SF Weekly. When she did, she received the following admonishment from the Web site's overlords: "Never upload anything that contains hate speech, support for violent organizations or threats to harm others."

A Facebook spokesman apologized, and said that Cornwell's account was flagged in error and that the company hopes she'll repost the pictures.

Cornwell isn't impressed. "This is not remotely over until they make some amends toward my son, toward myself, and the Special Olympics," she said.
 

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