(WMC-TV) – Facebook is apologizing to the mother who was temporarily banned from posting photos to the popular social networking site.
Heather Walker spoke with Action News 5 after she was temporarily banned from posting photos of her son, Grayson, who was born with a rare birth defect. He was born with Anencephaly, a rare neural tube birth defect in which babies are born without parts of the brain and skull.
Baby Grayson's photo was flagged as offensive and removed by Facebook.
In protest, Walker continued to post photos of her son, who died eight hours after he was born in February.
Since her story aired on Action News 5, hundreds of people shared it on their own social networks and Facebook has since apologized to Walker and admitted to making a mistake.
"Upon investigation, we concluded the photo does not violate our guidelines and was removed in error," Facebook said in a written statement. "Facebook is a place where almost a billion people share more than 300 million photos a day. Our dedicated Users Operations Team reviews millions of pieces of this content a day to help keep Facebook safe for all ages. Our policies are enforced by a team of reviewers in several offices across the globe. This team looks at hundreds of thousands of reports every week, and as you might expect, occasionally, we make a mistake and remove a piece of content we shouldn't have. We extend our deepest condolences to the family and we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience."
Walker accepts Facebook's apology, "After days of frustration over the removal of Grayson's photo, I am now at peace. I am grateful for their sincere apology and feel that this mistake will not happen to anyone else."
She is also amazed at the amount of support she received from across the country.
"Just in two days, all these people have messaged me telling me how much God has used Grayson's life to touch them and to work in their hearts and to make them appreciate the children they have, that they have healthy children."
Thursday, December 12 2013 11:33 PM EST2013-12-13 04:33:17 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A dog who was found with duct tape around his mouth and wounds all over his body can't tell his own story, but an artist is using her brush to tell his tale and educate others. Louisville MetroMore >>
A dog who was found with duct tape around his mouth and wounds all over his body can't tell his own story, but an artist is using her brush to tell his tale and educate others. More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 9:49 PM EST2013-12-13 02:49:22 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Some time with budding artists in Louisville fell just short in their plea online for superstar Beyonce to visit their school. Students at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts SchoolMore >>
Students at Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School made a video, asking the star to visit their school during her trip to Louisville for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour.More >>
Thursday, December 12 2013 10:24 PM EST2013-12-13 03:24:50 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A horse had to chased down and a dog is missing after a horse drawn carriage was struck by a vehicle during a hit-and-run accident Thursday night, according to MetroSafe. MetroSafeMore >>
MetroSafe said the accident happened at 9:07 p.m. at the intersection of 6th and Main Streets.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 4:56 AM EST2013-12-13 09:56:40 GMT
HARRISON COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore now says the baby critically injured in a crossover accident Thursday morning on Interstate 64 has not died after telling WAVE 3 NewsMore >>
Harrison County Coroner Rusty Sizemore identified the child as 2-year-old Marissa Summers of Laconia, Indiana. Sizemore would not provide the identity of the other victim, a 23-year-old man, until family has been notified.More >>
Friday, December 13 2013 12:30 AM EST2013-12-13 05:30:06 GMT
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – Louisville Metro arson investigators say someone is lighting holiday wreaths on fire that are hanging on people's doors. It's happened more than a dozen times in local neighborhoodsMore >>
Louisville Metro arson investigators say someone is lighting holiday wreaths on fire that are hanging on people's doors. It's happened more than a dozen times in local neighborhoods and investigators believe the same person is to blame. More >>