Dear Mark Zuckerberg,
We, the undersigned, request that Facebook not censure photos of children with disabilities including Down Syndrome.
Last Friday, Diana Cornwell posted photos of her 7-year-old son, Cole, who has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal, on Facebook and was told that they violated the social media site's policies. On Friday afternoon, Cole had attended his first Special Olympics event, at a local high school in Davison County, North Carolina, and was “all smiles.” Cornwell uploaded 40 photos into a new album on Friday night.
This censorship by Facebook of photos of children having a happy experience at a Special Olympics event is simply uncalled for. We ask that you not censure photos of children and individuals with disabilities. Even more, we ask that you apologize to Cornwell and her family for flagging their photos as violating Facebook's policies.