Facebook apologizes for taking down tattoo artist's work on breast cancer survivors

Facebook has apologized for disabling the account of an artist whose posts were intended to showcase tattoos for breast cancer survivors who had undergone reconstructive surgery.

STLToday.com reported that Kerry Soraci’s page Tattoos by Kerry Soraci was disabled Dec. 30, because it featured “content that is sexually suggestive/contains nudity” and thus did not follow the site’s “community standards.”

The site had also disabled pages for her other businesses,  I Scream Cakes and Kaleidoscope Ceiling, because she was the administrators for those too. Soraci told the news website that it took media coverage to get Facebook’s attention.

“I don’t understand this as the consequence for something so helpful,” Soraci told the Post-Dispatch on Thursday.

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Soraci’s photos aim to educate women who undergo mastectomies for breast cancer about post-surgery options.

"A member of our team accidentally removed something you posted on Facebook,” Facebook wrote in a message to Soraci, according to STLToday.com. “This was a mistake, and we sincerely apologize for [the] error.”

By Friday, all of Soraci’s pages were activated again, STLToday.com reported.