Images of breast cancer survivor Joanne Jackson banned from Facebook.

THEY are pictures of amazing courage and strength from a woman who has beaten breast cancer.

THEY are pictures of amazing courage and strength from a woman who has beaten breast cancer.

But they are images that the social networking site Facebook has branded akin to “pornography.”

Mum-of-two Joanne Jackson, 40, was diagnosed with breast cancer last June and had a mastectomy.

Rather than feel sorry for herself Joanne fought back and, in her words, “kicked cancer in the ass.”

Joanne Jackson

To celebrate her return to health – and to give inspiration to other women with breast cancer – Joanne had some professional photographs taken.

The 11 images – some topless and showing her operation scar – were then posted on Facebook.

But now the pictures have been reported for being offensive.

Some posts have been deleted and Joanne has been warned that further breaches will result in her account being shut down.

Facebook claimed the images broke its rules because they contained “nudity, pornography or graphic sexual content.”

Joanne, a Slimming World consultant from Thornhill, near Dewsbury, said she was shocked and angry.

“There is nothing pornographic or explicit about these pictures. That was not the idea at all,” said Joanne, a former Kirklees Council youth worker.

“I took breast cancer and the mastectomy in my stride and decided it wasn’t going to stop me living my life. It wasn’t going to define who I was, and it didn’t make me any less attractive as a woman.

“My attitude was to just get on with it. I knew I could kick cancer’s ass and I did.”

Joanne was approached by a friend whose husband was a professional photographer, and she jumped at the chance to pose for pictures.

“I am not one who is shy but these pictures weren’t as much about me as about other women who had maybe just been diagnosed with breast cancer.

“It doesn’t have to be a death sentence and there is life after mastectomy.

“The images aren’t fluffy, they are real and I am very proud of them.”

Joanne, who is married to Andrew and has two sons Connah, 19, and Evan, five, posted the images in her own Facebook album and on pages for various cancer organisations.

She has no idea who reported them but the warning came out of the blue.

The message said: “Content you shared on Facebook has been removed because it violated Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities.

“Shares that contain nudity, pornography and graphic sexual content are not permitted on Facebook.

“This serves as a warning. Additional violations may result in the termination of your account.”

The message added that Joanne should “refrain from posting abusive material in the future.”

Joanne’s Facebook friends have also taken up the fight and the images have been re-posted as far afield as Australia, the USA, Canada and Spain.

“It’s censorship, pure and simple,” said Joanne. “And I’m not backing down so Facebook can do their worst.”

Photographer Paul Hodgson, of Huddersfield-based Box of Frogs, said the pictures were “inspirational, not salacious or erotic” and added: “This is about showing that a cancer diagnosis does not mean your life has ended.

“These pictures show that you can beat cancer and still be you.”

Joanne, who didn’t need chemotherapy or radiotherapy, is now having breast reconstruction.

A Facebook spokesman confirmed that “several” images had been removed between October and February because they breached terms and conditions.

He said Facebook “welcomed” mastectomy pictures but said that some images may breach regulations on nudity.

 
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