Friday, 24 August 2018
Facebook has stopped Sittingbourne mum Becki Breiner's sign language music videos in a row over copyright.
The 36-year-old has recorded a catalogue of top tunes using British Sign Language as part of her campaign to get the subject taught in schools and posted them on her Facebook page. But the social media giant has warned her to stop posting after music giant Sony muted her videos.
The lip-reading mum-of-two, of Bale Grove, Kemsley, said: "I am really angry at this decision and do not know where to go from here. "This is truly outrageous to discriminate against the deaf community in such a way from such a massive social media site."
Becki, who works at Medway Maritime Hospital, has been deaf since she was three but turned to music recently to help her learn sign language. Her first video was This Is Me from the film The Greatest Showman. But this week she announced: "I am no longer allowed to post my British Sign Language videos with the music attached on Facebook.
"I have appealed against the ruling for all of my videos but Sony has denied my appeals." "This is truly outrageous to discriminate against the deaf community in such a way" She added: "I am still allowed to use my YouTube channel but unfortunately the deaf community on Facebook is being discriminated against."
Facebook warned: "Posting content that you don't own may breach copyright law."
Sony Music Entertainment has "partially muted" her videos in 248 countries. Becki launched a free karaoke night for the hard-of-hearing using sign language at the Ypres Tavern in West Street. She lost her hearing after crashing into a barbecue and hot coals burned her face. Hearing charity Signhealth has recently asked her to become their new ambassador to help promote sign2sing.