Despite the mom's gentle warning, the family member posted the baby's photos and videos on Facebook and refused to acknowledge it.
In a world where people feel pressured to keep up with social media trends and share anything and everything online, some are committed to living a private life with very limited or no social media usage. u/VanillaHumble7818 and her husband are one such couple who have no interest in sharing too much about their personal lives on social media. The real challenge occurred when their son was born and they had to restrain their family members from posting his pictures or videos online. The mom posted on Reddit about one particular woman from the family who ignored her request and shared not just the photos but also a video of the baby.
The couple's decision to protect their son's privacy and not post baby pictures on social media was discussed with and agreed upon by all their family members. But isn't there a buzzkill person in every family? "I was worried about one family member in particular and set a strict boundary because she’s been known to post other people's photos on her social media without their permission on numerous occasions. I stated months before he (her son) was born that if she were to share a photo of him online, she would not be receiving any more photos," wrote the mom. However, as she was scrolling through Facebook when her son was six weeks old, she was shocked to see that the woman did exactly the opposite of what the couple requested. "Not only did she post my son on her page, she posted an entire video," she wrote. When the mom confronted her she simply acted as if she had no clue how the pictures and video got posted on her page.
The woman removed the pictures and video from her page but never regretted posting them online and also took a long time to apologize to the mom. "I accepted her apology but I did preface with the fact that I was sticking to my guns and holding the boundary that she will not be receiving any more photos. We have FaceTimed so she could see him but I have held to not sending her any pictures or videos," wrote the mom. Now that the baby is 5 months old, the relative seems to be really frustrated with the mom's decision to not send her any photos or videos. "She is getting very angry that I am holding my ground. However, I feel that it is my job to protect my son and his privacy as I am his mother. I also feel that she has not been truthful when she is still denying posting the video," she wrote and added, "She is complaining about me to the rest of the family, but I feel like I set a boundary and it was disrespected and she needs to be held accountable."
While the mom was concerned if she did the right thing or not, people stuck up for her decision towards the family member. "It's not that hard to avoid posting pics and videos. She knew the rules, broke them, lied about it, and is surprised she's not getting any more. Has she always been this dense?" commented u/Outrageous_Lab375. "She played the FAFO game and lost. Since she wants to argue and is complaining to the rest of the family about your boundaries and consequences, I would consider going NC with her/stop the FaceTime calls before she realizes she can take screenshots during those calls," wrote u/Susan66207.