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Facebook banned a photo of one-year-old girl, who suffers from a rare condition that causes her to break out in blisters at the slightest touch.

*Some readers may find images in this post confronting*

Rhiannon Atkinson, 30, posted pictures of Pippa’s feet to raise awareness of epidermolysis bullosa (EB) – which strikes one in 50,000 people.

She claims the social media giant sent her a message branding one image of her daughter ‘undesirable’, shares Daily Mail.

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Facebook told Mrs Atkinson that such pictures are banned because they make users ‘feel bad about themselves’.

The offending image is of Pippa’s foot and reveals the extent of her condition – around 90 per cent of her hands and feet are without skin and red raw.

Mrs Atkinson has previously spoken about how she has to restrain Pippa when she dresses her in bandages to stop her catching any deadly infections. She finds it upsetting as it goes against her motherly ‘instinct’.

Mrs Atkinson, from South Wales, said: ‘I went back to them [Facebook] to say that’s ludicrous and that we were trying to highlight my daughter’s condition.

‘Even after they reviewed it they were still not willing to change their minds.

‘People have told us the images make them feel sick – that’s fine some people have nothing better to do than pick on a baby.

‘But for a huge corporation to say that – that stunned me.’

Facebook said that the image Mrs Atkinson was trying to use ‘depicts a body or body parts in an undesirable manner’.

It also said that ‘adverts like these are not allowed since they make viewers feel bad about themselves’.

In another story recently a UK mum was disgusted Instagram removed a photo of her son from her account because it was deemed inappropriate. Read her story HERE.

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  • Disgusting – people should have felt sorry for this toddler and his family and tried to be helpful. I am so pleased I don’t have a Facebook account when I see stories like this.

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  • I’ve seen much worse on Facebook. I think what is most confronting is that it involves an infant. This child is in a lot of pain but can still give that beautiful smile.

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  • Yes, the photos don’t look appealing, they are actually sickening, but, stop for a moment and think of the terrible pain and suffering that this little girl is suffering and all what her mother and family endures in this. They surely don’t deserve any harshness shown towards them, those complaining, stop and think of the little girl and her families suffering. If you still find it shocking to look at, go past them and don’t stop and look.

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  • Really? I see spam type things all the time on Facebook with ‘confronting images’ of children who are deformed, etc. I think it’s discrimination for Facebook to pick on one person when there are so many other images going around that are probably not even legitimate causes.

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  • I think the photos can be a bit confronting. I feel queasy looking at them. I can kind of see why they were banned. That said, I do think they should be able to depict their reality. Maybe best to use less confronting photos. You don’t need to be shocking people all the time.

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  • Oh if only we could all be perfect and airbrushing was available in real life like it is in photos.

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  • It is hard to look at but that is disappointing on the part of Facebook.

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  • Good on the mum raising awareness- poor kid though having to live with that!

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  • Difficult to look at, yes – inappropriate, no! I’ve never heard of this condition and without people sharing comments/photos, how can be become aware?? Absolutely disgraceful of Facebook deem the image ‘undesirable’ – I have seen much worse on social media! Poor little mite – much love to Pippa and her mum xx

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  • How upsetting the way Facebook labels and is not able to change their opinion. I don’t find these picture’s offensive at all.


    • I agree – these images do not offend me or make me feel queasy. I just feel so much compassion for the little one and mum. Imagine the difficulty in treating, managing and living with this condition.

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  • I am not all offended by the images.


    • Oops at is missing – should read not at all.

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  • One of the reasons I do not use facebook is because they are making decisions based on their own personal choices. There are many other photos that are allowed on facebook that should not be on there and are far more inappropriate.

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  • Not inappropriate but I do find it hard to look at. Like others who feel the same, if you don’t like it, then don’t look.

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  • what a gorgeous baby and what a disgrace that there are people who would think this in inappropriate.

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  • What a disgrace! How can any photo of this child be considered undesirable? Let’s be clear… there is a lot of undesirable imagery out there, and on FB. I see it all the time. Facebook should be ashamed of themselves and instead, perhaps do something positive like support this woman and her family.

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