Instagram removes photo showing Stoke boy without an eye


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Charlie Beswick said she has received no apology from Instagram for removing this photo
A photo of a 12-year-old boy shown without his eye was removed by Instagram.
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Harry Beswick was also born with autism and learning difficulties
Ms Beswick, from Stoke-on-Trent, runs a parenting blog and began documenting life with her son’s disability on social media six months ago.
She said it is the second time a photo has been removed and both images were of Harry without his prosthetic eye, showing his eye socket.
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Ms Beswick said she has been “flooded with messages of support” from her followers
“I appreciate that he looks different and people might not want to look at it, but that’s not Instagram’s decision,” she said.
“It’s my son’s face and I’m very proud to be showing him off.”
Ms Beswick’s post on Twitter has received more than 46,000 retweets and 24,000 likes.
Actor Adil Ray also tweeted his support saying he would “love a photo” with Harry.
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Harry has undergone a number of operations since being born with Goldenhar syndrome
Harry has had 10 operations, including two procedures to restructure his skull and build an eye socket.
Although the image has been restored, Ms Beswick said she has not received an apology from Instagram or an explanation about why the image was removed.
Instagram has not yet responded to the BBC’s request for a comment.
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