After a two-week campaign aimed against one of Facebook`s feeling emoticons, the feeling fat option has been removed by the social media platform. The people who led the campaign have also started an online petition, and said the feeling fat emoji was wrong and offensive.
Feeling fat was part of the emoticons in the status list. Facebook suffered constant pressure from internet users over the last two weeks, so the company decided to drop the option thought to be offensive by many of the netizens.
Facebook stated in an online post that they have decided to do that because of the negative feedback the just-launched option has received, especially in the case of people with eating disorders, who felt insulted by the status emoticon, suggesting that the platform will always take its user`s opinions into consideration.
“We’ll continue to listen to feedback as we think about ways to help people express themselves on Facebook,”
the social media company stated on the Change.org page, which is where the offended users started the petition against the feeling fat emoticon. The petition gathered more than 16,000 signatures.
Facebook`s decision to drop the fat emoticon was very appreciated by users all over the internet. They considered this change kind of a real democratic process and an appropriate response to the many voices of people who wanted this. Thanks Facebook, for understanding why this was wrong. Thanks for making a difference, wrote Canadian Dominique Jodry-Lapointe, who was delighted with the news.
Endangered Bodies, a local-global initiative, whose purpose is to “save future generations from the misery that turns people against their own bodies”, was extremely pleased to hear about the change. They claimed the emoticon “made fun of people who considered themselves to be overweight”. They added that such an option in the status update list was an insult to the struggles of the people fighting eating disorders. Endangered Bodies signaled that the “fat” emoticon could intensify negative thoughts through nice-looking instruments, like the emojis.
Endangered Bodies partnered with Catherine Weingarten, a woman from Philadelphia, together with whom they have started the petition on Change.org. She was thrilled with the success of the campaign, saying that it represented a proof that, together, people can fight against cultural messages that are harmful to a certain community.
Catherine herself is a person who struggled for many years because of her eating disorder. She says that skipped meals and the incredible effort to lose weight are not to be made fun of.
The petitioners desire to keep a continuous productive dialogue with Facebook, so the social media giant would be a body-positive platform.
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