Online petition urges Facebook to remove ‘fat’ emoji from status updates

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A group of body-image activists are circulating an online petition that asks Facebook to remove a “feeling fat” status and emoji from status-update options.

The Change.org petition has amassed more than 14,000 signatures so far, and sparked a debate over whether the social network is promoting body-shaming.

“Feeling fat” currently appears as one of many preset options included in Facebook’s dropdown list of status updatesEndangered Bodies, the group behind the initiative, want the status and accompanying emoji removed because they believe it encourages body-shaming and “self-destructive thoughts.” Read more…

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