Facebook drops ‘feeling fat’ emoticon after online petition
The petition was launched as part of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Facebook has officially removed its “feeling fat” emoticon after more than 16.000 people signed an online petition saying that it was insensitive to people who have eating disorders, the UK’s Daily Mail reported Tuesday.
“We’ve heard from our community that listing 'feeling fat' as an option for status updates could reinforce negative body image, particularly for people struggling with eating disorders,” a Facebook spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
“So we’re going to remove 'feeling fat' from the list of options. We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook,” the spokesperson added.
The petition, which was set up by Catherine Weingarten and a group called Endangered Bodies, was launched as part of the National Eating Disorders Awareness Week.
Endangered Bodies seeks to fight “merchants of body hatred who turn girls and women against their own bodies.”
Following Facebook’s removal, Weingarten wrote: “As someone who struggled with body image, I feel so happy that I am eliminating one form of body shaming hatred on the internet.”