Mum-to-be’s fury as Facebook pulls naked ‘baby bump’ picture

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A MUM-TO-BE who recreated film star Demi Moore’s iconic naked pregnant picture and posted it on Facebook was stunned when the social networking site took it down.

With two weeks left of her first pregnancy, Angela had wanted a special shot of her ‘bump’ to keep in the family album. And the 34-year-old, of Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent, decided to mock up the tasteful nude photograph of Demi Moore which was used for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine.

In the classic picture the then seven-month pregnant star stripped off to reveal her bump, covering her modesty with her hands. A professional photographer friend helped Mrs Hurst, a beauty therapist, to set up the shot but when it came to stripping off her husband, David, 32, was the only one present, and he took the photo.

Mrs Hurst posted it as her profile picture on Facebook on Sunday evening to share with her 400 family and friends.

But, three days later, she was shocked to find the social networking site had taken it down, claiming ‘nudity’ violated terms of use.

Mrs Hurst said: ‘The picture was just a bit of fun.

‘It was beautiful and not at all seedy. I was so proud I wanted to share it, so I used it as my profile picture on Facebook and I had so many messages from people, particularly women, saying how much they loved it.

‘I didn’t think it would end up causing so much of a fuss because if it’s good enough for Vanity Fair, it should be good enough for Facebook.

‘But on Wednesday evening I had an email from them saying they were taking it down because ‘nudity’ violated their terms of use. I couldn’t log in for four hours while Facebook removed the picture. When I was finally able to sign in I posted a few words of my disbelief on my profile and was inundated with messages of support.

‘The more I think about this situation today, the more ridiculous it seems. Facebook’s reaction is over the top. They’ve made me feel like I’ve done something wrong and dirty but it wasn’t like that at all.

‘My picture was something nice to remember my pregnancy by. It was not sexual – and if Demi Moore can do it, why can’t I?’

A spokesman for Facebook said: ‘With over 500 million users we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people. Our rules prohibit nudity on the site. These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children, over the age of 13, who use the site.’

I’m a decent human being.

“It was a beautiful picture showing the most natural thing. It was my private picture on my profile for my friends and family to see.

“I know there are worries about protecting children on the site but, in my opinion, they shouldn’t be using it and, if they do, their parents should be closely monitoring them.

“I fear we are living in a world where society is going mad and over-reacting unnecessarily.

“Facebook needs to get a grip and review each reported incident upon its own merit and with a degree of intelligence.”

Mrs Hurst’s husband, David, a designer, added: “I think it’s preposterous. Your Facebook profile should be your own private, personal space.

“Angela’s picture is lovely. We wanted it to remember her pregnancy.”

Mrs Hurst’s profile is not hidden on Facebook and her profile picture would have been revealed to anyone who searched her.

A spokesman for Facebook said: “With over 500 million users we have to put in place a set of universal guidelines that respect the views of a wide range of people.

“Our rules prohibit nudity on the site.

“These policies are designed to ensure Facebook remains a safe, secure and trusted environment for all users, including the many children, over the age of 13, who use the site.”

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