A UK mum is fighting back after Instagram removed a photo of her son, who only has one eye, from her account because it was deemed inappropriate.
The photo of 12-year-old Harry Beswick showed him snuggling up next to his mum, Charlie Beswick, without his prosthetic eye.
Harry has Goldenhar syndrome and was born missing his left eye, eye socket, nostril and ear.
Harry is “non-verbal, has global learning delay and autism”.
“So life is as challenging as it is rewarding at times, ” she wrote on her blog.
She said this is the second time a photo of her son without his eye in has been removed by the social media site.
“I appreciate that he looks different and people might not want to look at it, but that’s not Instagram’s decision,” she told BBC.
“For Instagram to decide Harry’s face isn’t suitable is disgusting. It does feel like discrimination to me.
“It’s my son’s face and I’m very proud to be showing him off.”
Ms Beswick reportedly took to Twitter to voice her outrage over the incident in a tweet that now has more than 115,000 engagements.
“Someone is reporting my son’s face & Instagram agree saying it doesn’t meet their guidelines before removing it. RT (retweet) to support me in this!” she wrote, alongside the original photo.
On Facebook she wrote, “What do you see when you look at my boy? I see the most beautiful smile, wonderful heart & purest love.
If someone hates to look at my child then I have 2 things to say a) scroll past and b) you’re an arsehole. I’m beyond disgusted.”
Ms Beswick said she is yet to receive an apology from Instagram about the incident.
In an email the company told her it had its “policy enforcement team review the removal and confirmed the photo was incorrectly removed”.
“We’ve restored the photo and will take steps to make sure it isn’t removed again.”
Why do people have to be so cruel?
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