Activists want 'feeling fat' emoji removed from Facebook
Flix Thursday, March 12, 2015 - 05:30
The News Minute | March 9, 2015 | 5:00 pm IST In an unusual request, an online petition has been started that asks Facebook to remove the "feeling fat" status and emoji from status-update options has been doing the rounds. The Change.org petition has 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 drop down list of status updates. Endangered Bodies, the group behind the initiative, wants the status and accompanying emoji removed because they believe it encourages body-shaming and "self-destructive thoughts". "When Facebook users set their status to 'feeling fat,' they are making fun of people who consider themselves to be overweight, which can include many people with eating disorders," the petition states. "That is not OK. Fat is not a feeling. Fat is a natural part of our bodies, no matter their weight. And all bodies deserve to be respected and cared for," it reads. The two-week-old petition has more than 15,000 signatures, just short of its 25,000 goal. On Twitter, the hashtag #fatisnotafeeling is also being used by people who are upset by the status option. With IANS Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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