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Why does Facebook keep deleting this photo?

Have you seen this image that's been circulating the net recently? It's divided opinion.

Dad with sick child
Dad with sick child

It’s a photo of a dad comforting his sick child however; Facebook doesn’t seem to see it that way.

The image was originally shared by mum Heather Whitten of her husband Thomas and son, Fox.

Fox was very ill, experiencing a fever and vomiting and diarrhoea, and her husband had taken him into the shower to lower his body temperature.

Explaining the situation on the social network, Heather explained: "This was November of 2014, Fox would be hospitalized that night for salmonella poisoning [that we never figured out how he was exposed to].

"Thomas had spent hours in the shower with him, trying to keep his fever down and letting the vomit and diarrhea rinse off of them both as it came.

"It was a powerful moment for us as parents. Our intuition was starting to fire off that this was much more serious than just a virus but we've had much more experience with over reacting than not so we were trying to hold off.

"As I sat in the shower with the two of them I was just overwhelmed with the scene in front of me. This man. This husband and partner and father. He was so patient and so loving and so strong with our tiny son in his lap. His whispers of reassurance to Fox, that he would be ok and that Thomas would take care of him were so steady and so honest...

"I stepped out and grabbed my camera and came back to snap a few images of it and, of course shared them. I was taken aback by how many people missed the story or didn't even look past the nudity to find the story. They were just hung up on them both being nude and being in the shower. I had crossed a line. It was too intimate. It shouldn't be shared publicly. But, I disagree."

However, the image has been removed countless time from Facebook for “violating” its rules when it comes to photographs.

Heather with her twins
Heather with her twins

Despite Facebook repeatedly pulling the image, it’s been shared over 31, 000 times.

It’s not the first time people have gotten angry about an image being removed.

Earlier this year, a cancer patient shared a picture of her nipple to raise awareness of unusual breast cancer symptoms.

It too was removed.