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ELIZABETHTON, TN (WJHL) -  It is something many of us do every single day, post to social media. We found one local photographer who's Facebook post now has her now temporarily blocked from using her page.

The photo in question was posted to The Honey Nest Photography page on Facebook. It was a sneak preview of a family photo session Erica Love recently shot in Elizabethton.

She posted it, tells us she got thousands of likes and shares, and as of Friday morning the photo was gone.

That was not the only thing that was taken away, Love also tell us her access to post on her page was temporarily forbidden.

We spoke to both Love as well as the mother in the photo, Rachel Lyons. They both remember the photo as a candid moment, and one worth sharing.

We were sent a screenshot Love took of the Facebook notice she received. It read in part, "You recently posted something that violates Facebook policies, so you're temporarily blocked from using this feature. For more information visit the help center."

Rachel Lyons sat down with us Friday afternoon and said she was outraged when she discovered the photo had been removed from Facebook.

"This morning, it wasn't there and she had called me while I was getting for work and said she had got kicked out of Facebook. I feel like its ridiculous that you would take that off, there is a lot of other filth on there," said Lyons.

Lyons says the photo is nothing more, and nothing less than just a lighthearted and candid family moment.

"You are going to see his little bottom, and your going to see a stream, and my daughter is looking at the camera because they were saying "no" so she was looking at the camera and smiling," said Lyons.

Adding to that, Lyons is even more upset that the repercussions went further than just taking down the photo.

"I think its ridiculous that somebody would report that and then Facebook would take it off and deny her access to her account," said Lyons.

The photographer, Erica Love, could not meet with us in person today, but in an e-mail said quote " Very disappointing that someone can hide behind their computer and cause a families photo to be removed and a business page to be shut down for an extended period of time."

Lyons says since love's photo was taken down, she has retaliated in a way, posting the exact picture to her wall.

"Now its more of like, I would like to see you try, because I'm the mother, I posted it, its not inappropriate," said Lyons.

We spoke to her late Friday and discovered that photo was also taken off her personal wall. Lyons tells us she still hopes she can get some sort of answers on what makes this photo unacceptable for Facebook.

We also reached out to Facebook on Friday afternoon and got an e-mail that read in part, "I don't think we'll be sharing a comment for you, but on background, the photo violated our Community Standards."

 

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